The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall

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The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall

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Release Date: October 6, 2014

Publisher: Whitaker House Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781629116594

Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance

Series: The Everstone Chronicles, Book Two

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my review for the previous book, The Hesitant Heiress.

The Bound Heart is a beautiful historical fiction novel that takes place in 1891 New England, ranging from Boston’s Back Bay to Maine’s beautiful Bar Harbor. With characters seeking forgiveness and redemption, a complex story-line, a beautiful romance blossoming, and rich in historical detail that keep readers captivated. I absolutely loved this one. Read the rest of this entry

The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall

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The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall

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Release Date: August 1, 2014

Publisher: Whitaker House

ISBN: 9781629116587

Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance

Series: The Everstone Chronicles, Book 1

Where do I even begin?! This book is amazing and you should definitely read this. This is a beautifully written romance set in the 1890s in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Luminis Thoughts Tour with Author Cara Bertrand

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Luminis Thoughts Tour with Author Cara Bertrand

This event takes place August 22 – 29, 2016

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Welcome to another exciting tour with Novel Publicity. This time with author Cara Bertrand and her series The Sententia & the release of the third book in the series, Tangled Thoughts!

This tour is classic Novel Publicity event, featuring a rafflecopter with special swag, paperbacks from the author and an Amazon gift card as well as spotlight posts, reviews from bloggers and more! Since this book is a series, we’ve recruited bloggers and readers from around the web to read and review all the Sententia books & help the author celebrate the release of Book 3, Tangled Thoughts!

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Second Thoughts by Cara Bertrand

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Second Thoughts by Cara Bertrand

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Publisher: Luminis Book, Inc.

ISBN: 9781935462071

Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal / Young Adult / Science Fiction / Romance

Series: The Sentenia, Book 2

Man, I thought the first book was good. This was even better. So much drama. So intense. This is a quick read that I constantly found myself flipping through the pages to find out what happens next.

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Lost in Thought by Cara Bertrand

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Release Date: April 25, 2014

Publisher:  Luminis Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781935462934

Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal / Romance / Young Adult / Science Fiction

Series: The Sentenia, Book 1

Let’s just be honest, I was automatically drawn in by the cover. It’s gorgeous and makes you wonder what it’s about. I enjoy books that have young teens feeling different from the world and discovering they have powers. Lost in Thought is very different from most books because while it does take place at a boarding school with teens who have too much freedom and money, that isn’t the sole purpose of the book.

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$25 Family Christian Gift Coupon Giveaway!

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$25 Family Christian Gift Coupon Giveaway!

I’m excited to talk to all of you about Famil Christian today. Family Christian is a Christian retailer, operating in 250 stores across the country. They are committed to helping you find, grow, share and celebrate your faith through a wide selection of Christian books, music, Bibles, DVDs, gifts and more. When you shop with Family Christian, your purchases support their efforts to unite with ministries that are helping children and families in need around the world.

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The Beauty Series by Carol E. Keen

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The Beauty Series by Carol E. Keen

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Jilted by Varina Denman

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26071348Jilted by Varina Denman

Release Date: June 1, 2016

Publisher: David C. Cook

ISBN: 1434708381  
ISBN-13: 
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Genre: Fiction / General

Series: Mended Hearts, Book Three

Jilted was a beautiful conclusion to the Mended Hearts series. It was wonderful to revisit all of the folks in smalltown, Trapp, Texas.

Lynda Turner finally has her story told from her perspective. She has struggled with depression ever her husband had abandoned her and their young daughter fifteen years ago. Her character is very real that many readers will be able to relate to. She’s been through so much during her that she hasn’t truly lived it.

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Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd

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25863713Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd

Release Date: May 10, 2016

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN-10: 0718011813

ISBN-13: 978-0718011819

Series: A Treasures of Surrey Novel, Book Two

Genre: Fiction / Historical / Romance

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Isabel Creston never dared to dream that love could be hers. Now, at the edge of a forest filled with dark secrets, she faces a fateful choice between love and duty.

For as long as she can remember, beautiful and free-spirited Isabel has strained against the rules and rigidity of the Fellsworth School in the rolling English countryside. No longer a student, Isabel set her sights on a steady role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would enable her to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father’s death.

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Kill Devil by Mike Dellosso

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Release Date: June 1, 2016

Publisher: Tyndale

ISBN: 978-1-4964-0822-8

Genre: Fiction / Thriller / Suspense

Series: Jed Patrick, Book Two

Kill Devil is the sequel to Centralia. I highly recommend you read the previous book before you read this one if you haven’t already, otherwise you will be extremely confused.

Check out my review for Centralia.

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Rescuing the Gospel by Erwin W. Lutzer

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by Erwin W. Lutzer

Release Date: March 2016

Publisher: BakerBooks

ISBN: 9780801017131

Genre: Religion / Church History / CLBG

This is a really fun book to get to share with you guys about. I originally got this book for my brother, Kris, because he’s studying to be a pastor and this one of his favorite authors. So, I’m having him help me write this review. Hope you enjoy and thank you for reading.

This book fully explains why it is important for the average person to understand church history and the reformation. Lutzer includes illustrations of historical figures such as John Wycliffe, Johann Hus, and Martin Luther who brought about different revolutions from the Catholic Church.

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Unashamed by Heather Davis Nelson (Plus a giveaway)

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26760315Unashamed by Heather Davis Nelson

Release Date: June 30, 2016

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN-10: 1433550709

ISBN-13: 978-1433550706

Genre: Christian Living / Women

Purchase the book here.

I’m really excited to share with you about this book because this is a topic that many of of us struggle with. I know I do. I mean we all have that we aren’t “good enough”. We all deal with shame at one point or another in life. It’s everywhere.

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More Than She Dreamt by Sandy Faye Mauck

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Her One and Only by Becky Wade

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26974629Her One and Only by Becky  Wade

Release Date: April 2016

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764211102

Series: The Porter Family

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary Romance

Where do I even begin with this amazing new release from Becky Wade? First off, the cover is absolutely stunning. I recently read in one of Mrs. Wade’s blogs that this is a real life married couple on the cover as well. That just makes it even more precious!

Plus, this was an amazing end to the Porter family series. This is one of the most COMPELLING romances I have read in a long time. Filled with very interesting close-to-real-life characters while also being interesting is a wonderful mix.

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Deceived by Heather Sunseri

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Deceived by Heather Sunseri

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Release Date: June 20, 2016

Publisher: Sun Publishing

ISBN-13: 9781943165100

Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction / Fantasy

Series: Mindspeak, Book 5

Oh my! Where do I even begin? This was pure awesomeness. I hadn’t read the previous books in the series so I wondered if I was going to need to read them before beginning this. You know, so I won’t get lost and confused. I didn’t! Don’t get me wrong, I will most definitely be reading the prior books, but I didn’t get lost or confused.

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The Know Preservation by Ed Kurst

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Hello! Welcome to my post for Novel Publicity’s blog tour. Here you will read about the book, what I thought about the book, and enjoy a lovely interview with the author himself.

There’s also a giveaway that Novel Publicity is doing so be sure to enter! Stay tuned until the very end.

To celebrate release week of The Know Preservation, you can grab your copy for only $0.99!

My Review:

I’ve always been fascinated by science fiction, but sometimes it can be a bit of a hit or a miss with me. I decided to give The Know Preservation a chance because the plot sounded intriguing. The only problem is that I’m not exactly sure how to review this one. Even though I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it.

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Native Born by Jenna Kernan

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Release Date: May 24, 2016

Publisher: Harlequin – Intrigue

ISBN-10: 0373699131
ISBN-13: 978-0373699131

Genre: Romance / Suspense

Series: Apache Protectors, Book 4

This is a beautiful ending to the Apache Protectors series. If you haven’t already, check out my review for the first three books here.

Many of our questions are finally answered! I absolutely loved reading Clyne’s story. He is a tribal councilman for the Apache people on Black Mountain. He is an activist who believes in maintain traditions and culture for the Apache people. He’s very anti-government, especially FBI, white people, and Indian children being adopted outside of the tribes.

So what happens when he is forced to be protected by the FBI? Might I add that not only is Cassidy Walker a beautiful Caucasian FBI agent, but she also happens to be the adopted mother of his little sister that he’s trying to fight custody for.

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Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

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Release Date: April 2016

Publisher: Revell

ISBN: 9780800723439

Genre: Fictional / Historical Romance / Mystery

Series: Waves of Glory, Book 2

Sarah Sundin has done it again! She has crafted a fun, inspiring historical novel.

We pick up where we left off in Through Waters Deep just after Pearl Harbor is attacked. The only difference is that this is Lillian and Arch’s story.

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Bearing Witness Edited by Charles E. Moore & Timothy Keiderling

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Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship

Edited by Charles E. Moore & Timothy Keiderling

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Publisher: Plough Publishing House

ISBN: 9780874867046

Genre: Faith / Witness /Martyrdom

I’m not even sure how to describe this book, except that I think everyone should read it. It really gives the reader to reexamine their faith.

I mean do we even know what persecution really is?

Here in America we tend to feel like we’re facing persecution just for being a Christian. While some of it may true, we still have freedom to follow the Lord. We’re lucky to be able to live in a country that allows us to choose our faith. Many countries outside of North America, especially in Asia and Africa, it’s forbidden to be a Christian. The reality of persecution and suffering is a reality. In fact, we hear about this all of the time!

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Apache Protectors by Jenna Kernan

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Apache Protectors by Jenna Kernan

Hello everyone! Before I begin, I need to mention that this is not a Christian series and are not family friendly.

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This series is published through Harlequin Silhouette Intrigue. Each book features a different Cosen brother and some kind of crazy case they need to solve. They’re Apache so these books take place on the Apache Indian Reservation and/or Black Mountain in Arizona.

When I mention it’s not family friendly, I need to make a note that each book contains at least once sexual scene. These are quite short and I easily skipped over them. Also, we deal a lot with drug cartels.

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The League and the Lantern by Brian Wells (Plus a Giveaway)

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Release Date: May 16, 2016

Publisher: Republic Ink

ISBN: 9780997227000

Genre: Middle School / Fiction / Action Adventure

Series: The League and the Lantern, Book 1

Oh my! This book is fantastic! Fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson are going to love this one! Trust me, this just could be the next big thing. It’s awesome. It’s geared for middle schoolers (ages 9-12) but even adults will love it. Be sure to stay tuned until the very end because I’m giving away a copy!

It begins with a 12-year-old boy named Jake Herndon. He’s the kind of kid who is trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs. He’s a genius when he wants to be. It’s summer and Jake is anxiously awaiting his seventh grade year at a new school for his new do-over. This all began with his seventh grade sleepover with the new school at a museum. Except it goes completely wrong. An organization invades and takes the night into a shocking swirl of events.

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Breaking Free by Jennifer Slattery

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Release Date: March 7, 2016

Publisher: New Hope Publishers

  • ISBN-10: 1596694688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596694682

 

Genre: Women’s Fiction / Christian / General / Fiction

Breaking Free has become one of my favorite reads in all of Christian Fiction! Before I begin, it is important to mention that this is not a fun or light read. It’s emotionally gripping. If you’ve been or are going through this type of situation, you might have a tougher time reading this because it deals with some really tough issues. Due to this, it’s going to be tough to write this review.

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Always Watching by Lynette Eason

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Release Date: February 2, 2016

Publisher: Revell

ISBN: 9780800723262

Genre: Fiction / Romantic Suspense

Series: Elite Guardians, Book 1

The plot of Always Watching is intriguing and original. Eason keeps you on your toes while you’re trying to figure out who the stalker is. Heck, I had no idea who it was until it was finally revealed!

Due to it being considered suspense, I was looking forward to a fast-paced thriller that will keep one on their toes. I was disappointed to find that it was actually a slow read because it was boring for awhile. I kept reading with the hope that it would redeem itself in the end. In fact, it was the ending where things finally get exciting and thrilling.

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The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White

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Release Date:  April 5, 2016

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764213519

Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance

Series: Ladies of the Manor, Book 2

Roseanna M. White has succeeded in delivering a thrilling novel. The Reluctant Duchess is inspiring, engaging, and fun. The cover is stunningly beautiful. I definitely want to find myself a matching necklace now! I mean, isn’t it just beautiful? If I wasn’t captured by the cover, I was definitely drawn in from the very first chapter.

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Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

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Release Date: April 5, 2016

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764213083

Genre: Fiction / Romance

Series: Walker Family, Book 2

Oh my word! Where do I even begin to describe this book of pure awesomeness? Melissa captures the reader’s attention from the very first page through an exchange of emails. It’s rare when the first page captures a reader these days so that’s saying a lot! In fact, readers will be flying through these pages as if there was no tomorrow.

Like Never Before is book two of the Walker family series, but it can easily be read a stand-alone without being confused. It’s obvious that Melissa poured her whole heart into this novel. It’s intriguing, witty, thought-provoking, and sometimes quite serious provided the perfect backdrop. Wisdom is found throughout the pages.

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Season of Glory by Lisa T. Bergren

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Publisher: Blink

Release Date: March 8, 2016

ISBN13: 9780310735663

Genre: Young Adult / Fiction / Dystopian /Science Fiction

Series: Remnants, Book Perhaps you’ve come across this series and are wondering if you should read this. The answer is simple: YES!

Fans of dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Gifting, or The Seers trilogy will gobble this one up. Lisa T. Bergren is one of my absolute favorite authors so I am beyond ecstatic to be sharing my review with you all.

I enjoyed the first two books, although it’s been awhile since I’ve read them so I forgot a lot of what occurred previously. You’ll definitely want to read these in order or you’ll be completely lost. Not only did I enjoy the first two, but this last novel completely blew me away. Read the rest of this entry

Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander

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Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Revell

ISBN: 9780800726409

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary Romance

Series: Misty Willow, Book 1

This is a sweet, fun-paced contemporary romance that will have you flipping through the pages as if it were a suspense novel! Where She Belongs is the first book I have read by Johnnie Alexander and it most definitely will not be my last.

Shelby is ready to move on after the death of her husband is determined to purchase and fix up her family’s homestead, Misty Willow. She has plans to raise her kids in the only place that she felt that she truly belonged. She has a major grudge against the Sullivans and even extends it over to AJ. Shown this factor early on in the story, makes the reader pause and wonder why this grudge exists and how the Sullivans owned their farm in the first place. Read the rest of this entry

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

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25795314The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Publisher: Revell

ISBN13: 9780800724023

Genre: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary

Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams, Book 1

The Red Door Inn is stunning and beautifully written. This is my first read by this author and I was impressed. Prince Edward Island is what captured me from the beginning. If you’re familiar with Anne of Green Gables, you’ll completely understand why this is exciting. In fact, I love Anne of Green of Gables so much that I didn’t even bother to read what the rest of this book was about before picking it up. Let’s just say, it doesn’t disappoint!

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Glimmer Girls Series by Natalie Grant (Plus a Giveaway!)

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Ok ok. You’re right. I’m not a kid. You’re probably wondering why I’m reviewing these though. Well, these are written by Natalie Grant who just so happens to be one of my favorite singers. Plus, these books are so fun and cute that anyone will love them! In fact, I’m giving away a copy of both books in the series to one lucky winner! Stay tuned until the very end to learn more.

The Glimmer Girls are Maddie, Mia, and Lulu. Maddie and Lulu are 10-year-old  twins and Lulu is six. They travel across the country where they discover adventure, mystery, and mischief. Their mother, Gloria Glimmer, plays a similar role to Natalie Grant since she is a famous singer. The girls are smart and sassy but they learn about many lessons along the way. These lessons include being good friends, telling the truth, and a whole more. God is also a huge impact in these stories.

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Risen by Angela Hunt

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Release Date: January 2016

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764218453

Genre: Historical Fiction / Biblical Fiction

Angela Hunt is one of my favorite authors  so when I learned she wrote the novelization of the movie, I was ecstatic and had to read it! While the story is on the redundant side, it’s always fascinating to imagine the resurrection of Jesus Christ through a tribune’s eyes.

I have not seen the movie so I cannot compare the book towards it. However, I have heard that the movie is good but lacks in the scriptural content. Angela Hunt uses tons of scripture references (but not overwhelming!) and lots of historical context. She also includes a bibliography of her sources that can be found at the back of the book. Read the rest of this entry

The Choosing / The Calling by Rachelle Dekker

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Release Date: May 19, 2015

Publisher: Tyndale

ISBN: 9781496402240

Genre: Fiction / Dystopian / Young Adult

Series: Seers Trilogy

Did you know that Ted Dekker’s daughter is also a writer? Writing is most certainly in her genes. Fans of Divergent, The Hunger Games, or The Maze Runner are not going to want to miss this one.

Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within.

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Merchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke

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25795221Merchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Revell

  • ISBN-10: 0800723864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800723866

Genre: Fiction / Fantasy

Series: Legends of the Realm, Book Two

Thomas Locke creates a world much like Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia. He builds a fantastic world where elves, wizards, and other people who are only known through legends come alive. The imagery will capture readers as it is brilliant.

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Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh

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Release Date: March 1, 2016

Publisher: Tyndale

ISBN: 978-1-4143-9870-9

Genre: Fiction / Romance

Series: Paper Hearts, Book Two

If you enjoyed Paper Hearts then you aren’t going to want to miss Change of Heart. Courtney Walsh does not disappoint! This is a part of the Paper Heart series, but it can also be read as a stand-alone because it’s about different characters in Loves Park, Colorado.

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Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Plus a giveaway!)

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25852741Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer (plus a giveaway!)

Release Date: February 16, 2016

Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah

  • ISBN-10: 0307731375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731371

Genre: Fiction / Romance / Historical

Here’s a book that I’m excited about getting to share with you all today! I’m also doing my very first giveaway so stay tuned until the very end for details!

In the midst of the Great Depression, Neva Shilling has her hands full caring for her teenage twins and keeping up the Shilling Mercantile while her husband Warren travels to neighboring communities to sell goods. Then a wagon pulls up one evening, carrying three children and a deputy with news that will change her life forever. Warren and his wife have passed away, requesting on their death beds that their children go to live with “aunt” Neva. Neva’s heart is shattered to learn of her husband’s secret life. How can she care for three children who remind her daily of Warren’s betrayal? But how can she abandon innocent children to an orphanage?

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An Insider’s Guide to Praying for the World by Brian C. Stiller

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An Inside26266310r’s Guide to Praying for the World by Brian C. Stiller

· country-by-country prayer guide · inspiring faith stories · on-the-ground insights · up-to-date-maps

Release Date: January 19, 2016

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764217272

Genre: DVPR Christian Life/Missions

This is a different kind of book so I’m not entirely sure how to review it. It’s a really neat guide and if you are interested in different countries or want to be a missionary, then I would recommend this for you. Brian C. Stiller shares insights on many countries that we have heard of, such as Kenya, China, and Korea, but also about countries that we never knew existed. For example, have you heard of Moziambique? Chances are you probably haven’t. I know I haven’t.

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I Was Blind (Dating), But Now I See: My Misadventures in Dating, Waiting, and Stumbling Into Love by Stephanie Rishce

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My Misadventures in Dating, Waiting, and Stumbling Into Love

by Stephanie Rische

Release Date: January 1, 2016

Publisher: Tyndale Momentum

ISBN: 978-1-4964-0481-7

Genre: Christian Life /Relationship Dating

Have you ever felt alone while it seems as if all your friends are getting married and having babies wondering if you’ll ever have that chance? Stephanie Rische completely understands. In fact, she found herself wondering if there was something wrong with her – was she not pretty enough? Not fun enough? Not datable enough? So she turned to God as she began to pray earnestly for God to bring the man she was meant to marry into her life.

Instead, she was given eight matchmakers.

I Was Blind (Dating), but Now I See is a true story about a young woman who tried really hard to find someone she could fall in love with despite the fact that she kept falling flat on her face. Amid the most cringe-worthy and awkward situations, Stephanie’s journey shows how God’s grace and love can meet us in ways we never could have imagined. We just have to open our eyes in order to see it.

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Thin Ice by Irene Hannon

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26028892Thin Ice by Irene Hannon

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Revell

ISBN: 9780800724535

Genre: Fiction – Romantic Suspense / Mystery

Series: Men of Valor, Book 2

If Ginny Reed is still alive – who is the woman buried in her grave?

Thin Ice is the second book in the Men of Valor series, but would do just fine as a stand alone. Each book features a McGregor brother. This time it’s Lance’s turn.

If you’re looking for a new exciting, fast-paced thriller, you won’t want to miss Thin Ice. Irene Hannon is a masterful storyteller and pulls her readers into a romantic and intriguing read. It’s almost impossible to put it down! Read the rest of this entry

Undaunted Hope by Judy Hedlund

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Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764212390

Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction

Series: Beacons of Hope, Book 3

Read my review for the previous book, Hearts Made Whole, here.

Oh my! Where do I even begin? Undaunted Hope is exactly what fans have been waiting for!

We last saw Tessa Taylor in Windmill Point, Michigan with a tarnished reputation. It’s now five years later and we find her living in Eagle Harbor, Michigan, running from the mistakes from her past. Eagle Harbor is the uppermost part of Michigan where Tessa plans to be the new schoolteacher for the children of the miners. Even though they were expecting a male teacher, Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, allows her to stay through the winter since it’s too late to find someone else to replace her.

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You’re the One That I Want by Susan May Warren

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25911238You’re the One That I Want by Susan May Warren

Release Date: February 1, 2016

Publisher: Tyndale

ISBN: 978-1-4143-7846-6

Genre: Christian / Fiction / Romance

Series: Christiansen Family, Book 6

Click here to find out more about the previous book, The Wonder of You.

You’re the One That I Want is Susan May Warren’s sixth and last novel of the Christiansen family series. This time Owen and his older brother Casper play the starring role.

Owen Christiansen had it all. He was a hockey player in the NHL for the St. Paul Blue Ox until it had all forfeited when he got injured. He leaves his home of Minnesota and moves to Alaska where he lands a job as crab fisherman. In his mind he believes this could be a fresh start and perhaps a shot at romance with Elise “Scotty” McFlynn, who also just so happens to be the captain’s daughter.

Scotty is used to being one of the guys with her tough girl attitude, making everyone respond with “yes, sir”. She doesn’t believe in happily ever after – especially with someone like Owen. When Casper Christiansen drags his brother home and unloading a ton of family drama, Scotty’s opinion of Owen is confirmed. What’s even worse is that Casper is wanted for questioning to a crime back home in Minnesota.

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It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke

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25801129It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke

Release Date: October 13, 2015

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN-10: 1400205417

ISBN-13: 978-1400205417

Genre: RELIGION / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth

The title is perfect when it comes to describing Jefferson Bethke’s book. It’s Not What You Think! Most of us have heard of the Gospel, but how many of us actually understand what it is and what it means? The Gospel is so much more than just a transaction between us and Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t just die on the Cross so that we can go to heaven when we die.

Bethke guides his readers from the creation of the universe in Genesis to the celebration in Revelation. When we learn to examine the Bible from the beginning, we see a story so much more beautiful and compelling than how many Christians are telling it today. This was definitely my favorite part that he focused on. When it comes to the Bible, we can’t just take bits and pieces that we like. We need both the New and Old Testament because it shows us the whole story.

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The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

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25290956The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

Release Date: November 17, 2015

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN-10: 0718026268

ISBN-13: 978-0718026264

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fairy Tale, Romance

Series: The Medieval Fairy Tale

Most of us are familiar with the fairy tale of Rapunzel. Melanie Dickerson brings the fairy tale to life with a fresh and unique plot. Unlike most retellings, there is no magic or evil powers. We are only dealing with a woman who is twisted and wicked by her past and therefore tries to do it to others.

Seventeen-year-old Rapunzel lives with her mother, Gothel, in medieval Hagenheim. She can throw a knife, paint beautiful flowers and vines, sing beautifully, but there are two things that she’s afraid that her mother will never allow her to do. That is to learn to read and to marry. In fact, every time a man shows interest in Rapunzel, Gothel makes them pack up and move to another place.

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The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay

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24734627The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: November 3, 2015

ISBN-10: 1401689752

ISBN-13: 9781401689759

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Literature

Here’s a book that will make a fun read for booklovers everywhere. Lucy Alling loves her job. Her boss, Sid, is one of the most respected antique dealers in all of Chicago. She mostly just keeps track of inventory and works with the customers, but she also sells rare books. She grew up loving books and the stories as if they were close personal friends of hers. Some of her ways of obtaining the books are sometimes suspicious. When this factor is discovered, she ruins her relationship with her boss and boyfriend, James. She learns that something has to change. She has to change.

Helen, James’ grandmother, hires Lucy as her companion for a trip to England just as her methods are being discovered. Little does Lucy know, that Helen also has secrets of her own that she must face. In fact, Helen understands the predicament that Lucy is in.

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The Case for Hope by Lee Strobel

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26062926The Case for Hope by Lee Strobel

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN-10: 031033957X

ISBN-13: 9780310339571

Genre: Religion/ Christian Life/ Inspirational

We live in a world where heartache and discouragement can create hopelessness. But when we find hope, we can overcome whatever it may be that is troubling us. Lee Strobel explains that real hope is so much more than just wishful thinking, blind optimism, or hopeful dreams. Hope is found in Jesus Christ. This hope gives us an overriding confidence, that no matter what comes our way, God is with us and is greater than any challenge that we may go through.

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