The Christmas Gift Guide for Bookworms

The Christmas Gift Guide for Bookworms!

Trying to figure out what to get your loved one besides books? It’s always awkward when you buy the same book the person already has on the shelf. So why not buy them some awesome bookish merchandise that they’ll treasure? There are tons of items to choose from. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Kenyon T. Henry about The Chronicles of Stephen Series

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Hello there! Today I have the opportunity of chatting with Kenyon T. Henry about his Chronicles of Stephen series. He has a new book, “Redemption of the Mighty” which will be releasing soonish.


About the Book:

Redemption of the MightyStephen embarks on another adventure that continues to challenge his loyalty, his friendships, and his faith. As the battle of a generation approaches, one of Stephen’s mentors and friends goes missing, along with many more from Enclave. He soon discovers more secrets from among the Mighty, which causes him to doubt individual motives.

As Stephen begins the search for his mentor, it isn’t long before he meets heavy resistance from Fallen and even Enclave. Enclave insists the battle against Fallen takes precedence, while Stephen’s need to find his friend begs to differ, causing a rift between him and some of the people he has grown to love. Through it all, Stephen must remember the charge previously given to him, “Find my lost sheep…”

Join Stephen in his battle for the survival of Mighty and all mankind. Continue reading

A Review and Q&A Session with Melissa from Literary Book Gifts

A Review and Q&A Session With Melissa from Literary Book Gifts

Hello there! Today I’m sharing something a different than usual which I am beyond excited about. If you’re a bookworm then you probably already know about the gazillion websites to order from with all kind of bookish merchandise. And since the Christmas season is upon us, I figured this would be a wonderful time to give a shoutout to Literary Book Gifts.

Melissa is the proud owner of Literary Book Gifts who handmakes every single item from t-shirts to tote bags. Each graphic is something bookish and she has so many items that are now on my wishlist. Everything looks like high quality and Melissa is super sweet. She has a professional mannerism and responds to every email as quickly as she can.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Melissa about her website. Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and join us as we learn a little about her store.  Continue reading

WWW Wednesday

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WWW Wednesdays are hosted by Sam of Taking on a World of Words.

Happy Wednesday! I love this meme because this is a fun way for you to have a sneak peek at what will be coming to the blog.

The Three W’s Stand For:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
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Silent Days, Silent Night Blog Tour (Guest Post)

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Let’s all get in the mood for Christmas with this blog tour and giveaway for Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols, hosted by JustRead Tours.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Author: Phyllis Clark Nichols
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Christmas

The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house…

Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights— and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . . Continue reading

Kimberly Woodhouse’s The MissTaken Identity Blog + Review Tour

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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse, a novella included in The MissAdventure Brides Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Collection: The MissAdventure Brides Collection
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Publisher: Barbour
Release Date: December 1, 2018 (print)
Genre: Historical Romance

Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures
Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?

MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse
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Headstrong, bubbly, accident-prone Abigail Monroe is on a quest for adventure away from society’s expectations. But her pursuits are unexpectedly thwarted when she is arrested by a handsome Texas Ranger. Continue reading

First Line Fridays: Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

Soo…I kind of took a hiatus from reading this week to focus on God and His Word. Christmastime means business with setting up all of the decorations, parties, church gatherings, etc. Sometimes it is easy to forget about the reason for the season. So I’m purposely making Jesus my focus this year.

Anywho, I’m sharing about a book that I received an arc for and will be reading soon for a blog tour with Just Read Publicity Tours.

And the book I’m featuring today is:

Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton

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The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller

The Making of Mrs. HaleRelease Date: November 27, 2018

Publisher: Kregel Publications

ISBN: 9780825445354

Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction / Romance / Regency

Series: Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, Book Three

About the Book:

Marry in haste, repent in leisure–Mrs. Hale is about to find out how painful that repentance can truly be.

Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn’t turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn’t know where–or if he’s ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to the family she betrayed by eloping and to hope they’ll forgive her. Especially now that she might be carrying a baby from her brief marriage. Continue reading

Reason to Breathe Blog Tour (Q&A With Deborah Raney & Giveaway)

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We are excited to introduce Deborah Raney’s new series with a blog tour and giveaway for book #1 – Reason to Breathe – hosted by JustRead Tours.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Series: Chandler Sisters #1
Author: Deborah Raney
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Romance

Phylicia thought life was passing her by, but maybe this was love’s plan all along. . .

At twenty-nine, Phylicia Chandler put her life on hold to care for her dying mother with her sisters, Joanna and Britt. Now Mom is gone and their father stuns them all by running off with a woman young enough to be their sister. Life is moving forward all around her, but Phylicia feels stuck—until her father’s protégé, Quinn Mitchell, presents the sisters with an intriguing business opportunity to purchase a trio of cottages just outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Joanna and Britt are convinced the three of them should launch a vacation rental venture, but Phylicia remains skeptical. Continue reading

November 2018 Wrap Up!

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Happy December 1st! How in the world is it December already? The Christmas decorations are all set up, Christmas music is playing the background, the weather is frightfully cold here in Florida. It truly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I was sick during the month of November and then Thanksgiving happened so I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked. However, I did read some fantastic ones.

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November 2018 Book Haul!

November 2018 Book Haul!

Happy last day of November! Man, this month flew by incredibly fast. Where did the time go?

The house is all decorated for Christmas with Christmas music playing in the background. It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas. Especially with this cold weather we’re getting in Florida right now. Is it weird that I wish for snow but without the cold or the work of shoveling it?

Anyways, it’s time to reveal this month’s book haul! These are all books that I received from authors, publishers, or blog tour programs for free in exchange for a review or books that I purchased myself. I received a ton of great books this month that cannot wait to show you. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Disclaimer: There is no specific order other than when each book arrived in the mail.

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First Line Fridays: The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

I’m super sorry that I haven’t had much content for you guys the last couple weeks. The week leading up to Thanksgiving, I was sick and couldn’t focus on literally anything. Then Thanksgiving happened and things just got busy. So this week was mostly spent on catching up on everything I got behind on, including reading.

Anywho, I’m super excited to share with you this week’s book. This is a regency historical fiction novel that I think every Jane Austen fan would love! It is the book I’m currently reading, but I’ll have a review posted here on the blog and on Instagram during The Making Mrs. Hale Review Blog Tour with Just Reads Publicity Tours on January 1st!

And the book I’m featuring today is:

The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller

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Ellie Claire Art Journals

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Have you ever browsed Instagram and wished you could craft some of the beautiful lettering? I know I have. I’m just not very good at it. Thanks to these gorgeous journals from Ellie Claire, I now have a learning tool on how to create some of these beautiful lettering. Continue reading

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in November!

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All throughout November you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you’re probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash. Continue reading

Christians in the Age of Outrage by Ed Stetzer

Christians in the Age of OutrageRelease Date: October 2, 2018

Publisher: Tyndale Momentum

ISBN: 978-1496433626

Genre: Non-Fiction / Evangelism

About the Book:

Are you tired of reading another news story about Christians supposedly acting at their worst?
Today there are too many examples of those claiming to follow Christ being caustic, divisive, and irrational, contributing to dismissals of the Christian faith as hypocritical, self-interested, and politically co-opted. What has happened in our society? One short outrageous video, whether it is true or not, can trigger an avalanche of comments on social media Continue reading

Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh

Things Left UnsaidRelease Date: October 30, 2018

Publisher: Waterfall Press

ISBN: 978-1503901476

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Romance

About the Book:

An emotional novel of family, friendship and forgiveness from Courtney Walsh, the New York Times bestselling author of Hometown Girl.

Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her best—and worst—memories. It’s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it’s the other secrets she’s buried that have kept her from moving on. Continue reading

WWW Wednesday

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WWW Wednesdays are hosted by Sam of Taking on a World of Words.

This past week was quite an interesting week. There was a tornado that was only about a mile from where I lived Friday afternoon. I’ve got a feeling that while we did not see the actual tornado, we had some of the outer bands because the storm was nasty: super loud and windy. Praising the Lord that it was only a small one, but praying for all of my neighbors who are dealing with having to figure out to repair the damage to their homes.

Anywho, it’s time for today’s WWW Wednesday.

The Three W’s Stand For:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls by Jean Fischer

100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous GirlsRelease Date: November 1, 2018

Publisher: Shiloh Kidz

ISBN: 9781683227489

Genre: Non-Fiction / Juvenile / Biography

About the Book:

Girls are world-changers! And this deeply inspiring storybook proves it!

Just for the girls in your life, ages 8 and up, this collection of 100 extraordinary stories of women of faith–from the Bible, history, and today–will empower them to know and understand how women have made a difference in the world and how much smaller our faith (and the biblical record) would be without them. Featuring full-page, colorful illustrations alongside the true stories of amazing women like Lydia, Naomi, Rahab, Rebekah, Jane Austen, Corrie ten Boom, Bethany Hamilton, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, and dozens more, the stories of these 100 women will encourage and inspire girls to become the world-changers God created them to be Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read

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Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl!

Your TBR pile is probably a lot like mine. Piles and piles of books that include new releases, but thousands upon thousands of backlist books. You know, those books are you’ve been wanting to read, but are no longer considered new releases because they’ve been out for at least a year or more. Well, that’s what we’re talking about today. Here are some of the ones that make my list.

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At First Glance by Susan L. Tuttle Blog Tour (Guest Post and Giveaway)

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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for At First Glance by Susan L. Tuttle, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Author: Susan L. Tuttle
Publisher: Bling! Romance (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

When it comes to love and matters of the heart, she’s got a lot to learn.

​Estate planner Penny Thornton loves dusting off items others gloss over, especially since she relates to feeling tossed aside for the “bright and shiny”. When her younger sister’s approaching wedding launches Penny back into the throes of her dysfunctional family, she decides to use the festivities to close the gap in their relationships—even if it means appeasing them and finally losing the few pounds they’ve hounded her about for years. Continue reading

The Three by Christa Kinde

The ThreeRelease Date: May 23, 2018

Publisher: Yahavim

ISBN: 9781631230608

Genre: Fiction/ Young Adult / Fantasy

Series: Forsaken Sons, Book One

About the Book:

In the Chronicles of the Kings, there are stories of a band of elite warriors. But before their daring feats became legendary, David’s mighty men were teenage boys serving an upstart king. Continue reading

First Line Friday: Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

I pray that everyone had a wonderfully fun and safe Halloween last night. 😀

Since I’m kind of in-between books at the moment, I figured I’d feature one that I recently won in a Goodreads giveaway that I’m excited about.

And the book I’m featuring today is:

A Lady of a Thousand Treasures” by Sandra Byrd

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Release Day: Starstruck by Carla Laureano

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Happy release to Carla Laureano! I cannot wait to read my copy soon. 😀

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When your fictional hero comes to life on the big screen, it’s easy to get starstruck…

Unless the leading man happens to be your ex.

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October 2018 Book Haul!

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Happy Halloween! I’m praying that everyone has a fun and safe night out tonight. Anyways, today also marks the last night of October. And we all know what that means! It’s time to reveal this month’s book haul! Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads

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Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl!

Since tomorrow is Halloween, this is the perfect topic for today. Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of the holiday so I don’t actually partake in it. I’m also not a huge fan of scary, but here is a list of some of the books that would make great reading for this time of year. Some of these I’ve read while some of these are on my TBR. Continue reading

Almost Kiss: Excerpt from “Enchanting Nicholette” by Dawn Crandall

Hi there! Today I’m sharing with you all an excerpt from the wonderfully crafted, “Enchanting Nicholette” by Dawn Crandall.

Nicholette is a side character whom we first meet in “The Bound Heart” and now this is her story.

You can check out my review for the book HERE.

Enchanting NicoletteAbout the Book:

In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again–this time for love…and to someone safe

As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can’t help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of “what if” at bay? Continue reading

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

I'd Rather Be ReadingRelease Date: September 4, 2018

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9780801072925

Genre: Non-Fiction / Books & Reading

About the Book:

For so many people, reading isn’t just a hobby or a way to pass the time–it’s a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can’t imagine life without them. Continue reading

Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall

Enchanting NicoletteRelease Date: October 9, 2018

Publisher: Whitaker House

ISBN: 9781641230889

Genre: Fiction / Novella / Historical Fiction / Romance

Series: The Everstone Chronicles, Books Five

Be sure to check out my reviews for the previous novels: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound HeartThe Captive Imposter, and The Cautious Maiden.

About the Book:

In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again–this time for love…and to someone safe. Continue reading

Love on the Rocks by Kerry Evelyn Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Love on the Rocks blog tour! I’m so excited to be spotlighting this book as it looks like a Christian contemporary novel that I’d totally read.

About Love on the Rocks

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Kat Daniels regrets the day she chose barrel racing over her fiancé. After a year of reckless choices that led to an incident she’d like to forget, she’s back in Crane’s Cove wondering how it all went wrong and trying to pick up the pieces. Easton Crane has loved Kat for as long as he can remember. But when she shows up after rejecting his proposal a year ago, he’s more confused than ever. After all, he’s already sacrificed six years of his life to care for her after her traumatic brain injury. If his proposal couldn’t keep her in town, what was it that brought her back? Was it him or was Kat hiding something? When a hurricane hits Crane’s Cove and threatens the life of Kat’s beloved horse, the two are faced with the challenge of working together to save her. Can they battle the storm of old memories and wounds to rebuild their love stronger than before? Continue reading

Ours for a Season by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Ours for a SeasonRelease Date: September 11, 2018

Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah

ISBN: 9780735290082

Genre: Fiction / Amish & Mennonite

About the Book:

An Old Order Mennonite couple’s vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray.

Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families are valued, and the opportunity to do so arises when her childhood friend, Brooke Spalding, resurfaces with the wild idea of rebuilding a ghost town into a resort community. Brooke hires Anthony to help with the construction, drawing the Hirschlers away from Indiana and into her plan, and then finds herself diagnosed with cancer. Moral complications with Brooke’s vision for a casino as part of the resort and the discovery of a runaway teenager hiding on the property open up a world neither the Hirschlers nor Brooke had considered before. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and differences to help the ones among them hurting the most? Continue reading

Coffee Shop Devos by Tessa Emily Hall

Coffee Shop DevosRelease Date: September 18, 2018

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764231056

Genre: Non-Fiction / Devotional / Young Adult

About the Book:

There’s something special about spending time at a coffee shop with a friend–engaging in a meaningful conversation, then leaving refueled and ready to tackle the rest of the day. What if your quiet times with God energized you the same way? Continue reading

The Christmas Remedy by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall

The Christmas RemedyRelease Date: October 23, 2018

Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah

ISBN: 9780735291041

Genre: Fiction / Amish / Christmas / Novella / Romance

About the Book:

When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of “big box” stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface–and possibly love.

Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life for a young Amish woman. Years ago, her bishop allowed her to continue her education and become the lead technician for Greene’s Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore that looks out for the Amish community–a group largely without secure healthcare plans. She knows she can’t marry and hold onto her professional job. She’s Amish, and she can only have one or the other, so she spurns love and works toward addressing treatable diseases–like the one that claimed her father’s life. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Villains

 

 

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Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl!

Today is all about the villains! Honestly, this was a super hard topic because I had a hard time coming up with villains that I actually liked. I think it’s probably because I’ve been reading mostly contemporary and historical fiction that I couldn’t think of a single one. Oh well, here are a few of the ones that popped into my brain.

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Author Q&A: Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall and “The Christmas Remedy”

Hello and welcome! Today I’m so excited to have Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall join me on the blog today. They’ll be sharing about their newest Christmas novella, “The Christmas Remedy” which releases on October 23rd!


The Christmas RemedyAbout the Book:

When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of “big box” stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface–and possibly love.

Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life for a young Amish woman. Years ago, her bishop allowed her to continue her education and become the lead technician for Greene’s Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore that looks out for the Amish community–a group largely without secure healthcare plans. She knows she can’t marry and hold onto her professional job. She’s Amish, and she can only have one or the other, so she spurns love and works toward addressing treatable diseases–like the one that claimed her father’s life. Continue reading

Author Q&A: Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall and “As the Tide Comes In”

Hello and welcome! Today I have the wonderful privilege of chatting with Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall about their novel, “As the Tide Comes In“. This was a brilliant novel. Be sure to check out my review HERE.


As the Tide Comes InAbout the Book:

New York Times best-selling author releases her first southern novel, a Steel Magnolias-meets-Sweet Home Alabama story set on St. Simons Island.

After losing two loved ones in a devastating tornado and suffering a head injury, Tara Abbott flees to St. Simons Island, where her disorientation causes the lines between imagination and reality, past and present to blur.

There she encounters island residents Julep Burnside, Luella Ward, Sue Beth Manning, and Dell Calhoun–The Glynn Girls–who have been friends since Bible camp, forty years earlier. When Julep’s son Gavin identifies a troubled soul in need of help, can the Glynn Girls guide Tara back to herself?

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