Monday, November 29, 2021

Have Yourself A Christiansen Christmas By Susan May Warren

Have Yourself A Christiansen Christmas
by Susan May Warren
Publisher: SDG Publisher 
ISBN: 978-1943935543

I have wanted to get to know the Christiansen's better and this book was the impetus for that to happen. I binged the entire series so that when I received this book I'd be ready. I tell ya, that's the way to do it. If you haven't read The Christiansen Family Collection, go get it read now!! If you've read the series, you are going to want to read this story! It brings the whole family together. I was sent the ebook for review.

Summary:

Please…come home for Christmas…

It's Christmas in the winter wonderland town of Deep Haven, and the Christiansen kids are all heading home for the holidays. But no one feels very merry.
  • Grace is worried about her husband's life-changing illness…
  • Eden is facing devastating news…
  • Casper is in over his head (of course!)…
  • Amelia is dodging a walk down the aisle…
  • Owen…well, Owen just nearly died, again…
  • But it's Darek who has news that just might destroy the family legacy.
The trip home for all is filled with secrets, memories and old dreams. But when they discover the real reason they've been asked home for the holidays, it will shake their world. It'll take a disaster for them to discover that home is the place for answers, hope and most of all…miracles.

This year, spend Christmas with your favorite small town family.

My Review: 

If you loved all of the Christiansen stories, this book is one you don't want to miss! It was a homecoming on a grand scale, and who can beat doing it at Christmas? Getting to catch up with all of these characters was wonderful.

Now, I will start off by saying I cried several times throughout the story. Yes, I cried. I didn't realize how much I loved these characters until the emotions came pouring out of me. Listen, once you get to know this family and the extended family, you can't help but be invested with your emotions.

The author smoothly covers all of the family and includes them seamlessly throughout the story. Each transition happens in a way that doesn't seem contrived or forced. And let me tell you, with SO many families involved it has to be tricky.

There were definitely some surprises, which I obviously can't reveal here. I loved that characters from Global Search and Rescue showed up again. When you have an author like Susan May Warren who can bring in some of our other favorite characters, you can't go wrong!

I'm not ready to be done with the Christiansen family. They are absolutely beloved by us readers. And yes, they do truly encapsulate life and family in Minnesota. If you're wondering what it's like, this is a perfect look. I feel like I could be an honorary Christiansen. Just like someone else who shows up in the book!

I adored the faith thread included in the story. The way the author used Mary & Joseph's story to impact each of the couples and them as individuals was incredibly powerful!

*I received this book for review. This is my personal opinion.

About the Author:

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Heart Of Stone By David James Warren

Heart of Stone
by David James Warren
Publisher: Tristone Media
Series: The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone
ISBN: 978-1954023109

It was exciting and nerve wracking having come to the last book in The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone series. This has been such an epic series, I had no idea what the ending would look like. They did NOT disappoint! I was sent the ebook for review!

Summary:

Rembrandt Stone has nothing left to lose…or does he?

Detective Rembrandt Stone doesn’t recognize himself in the mirror. Doesn’t recognize the world he’s returned to. Doesn’t even know his own name. But he knows one thing…living in this world is impossible.

Good thing he has an ally—an unexpected friend from the past. And together, they just might be able to unravel the entire mess. But first…Rembrandt will have to return to the past one final time and intercept himself before he makes a lethal mistake.

Time has outwitted him. It’s time for him to outwit time. Can he reconstruct a past he just destroyed or is there nothing left of his world to save?

The explosive ending to the True Lies of Rembrandt Stone!

My Review:

I want to give a warning at the beginning of my review. You are going to need time to recover after you finish this story. Consider yourself warned!

I was SO ready for this story, but I was was NOT ready for this series to be done. This past year tagging along with Rembrandt and all of the other characters has been quite the ride! My heart rate was always high as I dove into each new story. Same went for this one!

I'm still trying to grasp everything in this last story! You wonder how authors will bring so many threads together of a story, and they did it seamlessly. All of the dots connected and came together in a last ditch effort for Rem to find a time he could live in.

Much to say that I can't. The twists and turns keep you turning the page, heart rate raising as you go. But the need to know is so great, you have no choice but to take it all in! Once again, one of my FAVORITE parts of the story is when Rem talks to us like we're right there with him because, hello, we are! Right. There!

I also love how Rem's faith evolved, especially through this story. You could see through each story that Rem is being pulled in so many directions, but Hope is what seems to elude him. I appreciate how the authors incorporated God revealing himself to Rem through so many situations and people!

You guys, do NOT miss this story... this series! It's incredible and will always be one of my all time favorites!!

About the Authors:

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man's body. He's the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they'll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He's dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at www.jameslrubart.com

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves travelling and telling stories about life, adventure and faith. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com.

David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he's never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He's grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Every Word Unsaid By Kimberly Duffy

Every Word Unsaid
by Kimberly Duffy
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764235658

When Kimberly reached out to me asking me to review her book, I didn't even ask what the book was about. I've read her first two books and loved them so much, I immediately said, "yes." She sent me her book for review!

Summary:

Augusta Travers has spent the last three years avoiding the stifling expectations of New York society and her family's constant disappointment. As the nation's most fearless--and reviled--columnist, Gussie travels the country with her Kodak camera and spins stories for women unable to leave hearth and home. But when her adventurous nature lands her in the middle of a scandal, an opportunity to leave America offers the perfect escape. 

Arriving in India, she expects only a nice visit with childhood friends, siblings Catherine and Gabriel, and escapades that will further her career. Instead, she finds herself facing a plague epidemic, confusion over Gabriel's sudden appeal, and the realization that what she wants from life is changing. But slowing down means facing all the hurts of her past that she's long been trying to outrun. And that may be an undertaking too great even for her. 

My Review:

Kimberly Duffy has a gift of transporting your heart and mind to India! Her characters in Every Word Unsaid immediately work their way into your heart and only grow fonder as you turn the page. The story is as rich and deep in the telling as is the India the author describes.

We meet Gussie as she's on an adventure, which is NOT approved by her family. Nothing she does is looked favorably upon by them, and that is the crux of Gussie's running. Never accepted. Never meeting expectations. How can anyone bear up under that? India is where she ends up after her identity is revealed, and it appeals to her adventurous nature. It's also where her dearest friends, Specs and Catherine, live.

We're also introduced to her Uncle James early in the story, and honestly, I come to love him right away. He's always just one step behind her as he chases her everywhere she goes. As opposed to her immediate family, he sees the gem she is and speaks love & truth into her life. I adored him and his love of Gussie.

As Gussie lands in Poona, India, through the author you can imagine what she is seeing and experiencing. This is where we meet the most wonderful characters who are living in the midst of the plague! Catherine's sisterly love for Gussie is exactly what she needs. Specs, let's just say, he's changed since they were all separated as children. I was enthralled with how Specs, Gabriel, saw Gussie. Of course, nothing is as simple as just realizing how you see someone, especially if you've spent your life running, trying to find yourself, and searching for adventure.

The people who come into her life to help Gussie realize how God truly sees her. That her worth isn't limited to the hurtful things spoken to her. The things meant to bring her in line with expectations - which are completely unrealistic for her. Honestly, Gussie's hurt spoke deeply to me, and I was able to understand her in ways others may not.

I am so thankful for authors such as Kimberly Duffy who pour themselves into a story like this and touch the reader so deeply. She uses her characters to speak Truth to the readers, for which I'm incredibly grateful!

About the Author:

Kimberly Duffy (www.kimberlyduffy.com) is a Long Island native currently living in Southwest Ohio, via six months in India. When she's not homeschooling her four kids, she writes historical fiction that takes her readers back in time and across oceans. She loves trips that require a passport, recipe books, and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of twenty years. He doesn't mind.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

You And Me By Becky Wade

You and Me
by Becky Wade
Publisher: Independent
Series: A Misty River Romance
ISBN: 979-8759835783

I have loved this series and when Becky reached out to me, asking me to review this novella, I was very honored. She is easily one of my favorite Christian romance authors. Becky sent me her novella to review!

Summary:

Easy-going, artistic Connor Bryant fell hard for his friend Shay Seaver when they were both in the seventh grade. Sixteen years later, he's returned to Misty River. She's finally between boyfriends. And his crush on her hasn't wavered. Now's his chance.

He tells Shay that he's found someone he wants to date and is in need of a makeover when it comes to his appearance and dating strategies. He asks if she'll serve as his consultant -- in hopes that he'll learn how he can become her ideal man. What he doesn't tell her? That she's the one he wants to date.

Sporty stationery shop owner Shay immediately agrees to Connor's request because he's one of the best guys she knows. However, she quickly realizes she's in over her head. She's pledged to help him win the affection of another woman -- even though she dearly wants to claim his heart.

It's Christmas in the mountain town of Misty River! This sweet contemporary romance novella, penned by Christy-winning author Becky Wade, can be read alone or paired with the other books in the series.

My Review: 

Want a book that gives you ALLLLL the feels. Here you go! Oh my gosh, You and Me hit all of the marks! I think it takes an incredibly talented author to make a novella feel like a full length novel. The story wasn't rushed and it felt perfectly right!

First we meet Connor and in that initial meeting you get to understand the depth of his heart for Shay. Then there's Shay, who has been rather oblivious to Connor aside from a somewhat friend in art class. Connor's idea to of how to let Shay know he cares for her could either go really well or blow up in his face.

Let me just say, the author wrote these characters in such a way that I fell in love with them. They were so incredibly wonderful and any reader will want to root for them. I had no idea that Connor was going to become one of my favorite leading men. I mean, with the work Shay does with him and seeing him through her eyes, it would've been impossible to ignore. The amount of romantic moments were exceptional and nothing forced, but incredibly natural.

The Christmas season just makes it completely "magical". The nativity section of the story was a beautiful way to share the gospel in the story and I could feel the emotions Shay was having as we played Mary and Joseph years and years ago. It's an emotional experience and I felt it through Shay.

I can't say enough about this amazing novella!! Give me more of the Misty River citizens!

About the Author:

Becky is the Carol and Christy award winning author of swoon-worthy contemporary inspirational romances. 

She loves to connect with readers via her web site at www.beckywade.com, via her Facebook author page at www.Facebook.com/AuthorBeckyWade, or via Instagram at www.Instagram/BeckyWadeWriter 

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since!

Becky lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children. You'll find her power-walking her neighborhood while dictating scenes, reading, chatting with friends on Voxer, planning her next trip, watching TV with her Cavalier spaniels on her lap, or rummaging in her pantry for chocolate.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Hidden Danger By Jerusha Agen + GIVEAWAY

 

Hidden Danger JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Hidden Danger by Jerusha Agen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I received the ebook for review.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Hidden Danger
Title: Hidden Danger 
Series: Guardians Unleashed #1 
Author: Jerusha Agen 
Publisher: SDG Words 
Release Date: November 8, 2021 
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense 

The greatest threat to this K-9 team is the one they don't see coming. 

Cora Isaksson’s guilt has shadowed her life ever since drugs ensnared her brother and he disappeared. When Bradley suddenly returns, Cora and her narcotics detection K-9 are thrust into a battle against the drug cartel that wants him back. 

DEA Special Agent Kent Thomson has his own personal reasons for bringing justice to the cartel. Cora and her drug-sniffing K-9 will only get in his way. Or are they assets that will enable him to right the wrongs of the past? 

When the cartel targets Cora, she and Kent join forces with her teammates at the Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency to end the cartel before it ends her. They’re prepared for danger, but when more lives than their own hang in the balance, can they trust God for the rescue that’s out of their reach? 

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It's always fun starting a new series, getting to know the characters, and in this instance, the dogs of PK-9! Having never read a series with dogs as large part of the story, I was excited to see the role they played.

Getting to know Cora and Jana was fascinating. It was easy to look at Cora the same way Kent looked at her. She comes from a wealthy family, but has chosen a form of law enforcement as a career. And while it's true she isn't the toughest gal on the PK-9 team, she has a heart for what she does and it comes through loud and clear throughout the story.

Then there's Kent who works for the DEA. Their paths cross at the start of the story and it's a rolling snowball from there. If anything bad can happen to or around Cora, it seems to happen in this story, and thankfully Kent or the ladies from the PK-9 team are there to help her and protect her.

One of the most well done pieces of this story, aside from the non-stop suspense is the faith and gospel message. There is nothing hidden about God's plan of salvation and redemption. Through Cora, the author presents it in a way that will impact any reader!

I'm looking forward to getting to know the rest of the team, especially Phoenix. I have no doubt her story will be intriguing!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jerusha Agen 

Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. With a B.A. in English and a background in screenwriting, Jerusha is a speaker, writing instructor, and Fear Warrior who sounds the call to battle against fear in our everyday lives. Jerusha loves to hang out with her big furry dogs and little furry cats. You’ll often find her sharing irresistibly adorable photos of them in her newsletter and on social media. Get a free suspense story from Jerusha and find more of her thrilling, fear-fighting novels at www.JerushaAgen.com.

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