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Back Cover Copy:
William Caverly can’t seem to understand the unsettling feeling that has been nagging him for far too long. Memories of a baby sister are forever haunting his waking hours, and as he sleeps at night, he is repeatedly awakened by nightmares, confusing ones that he’d rather forget. His baby sister died. He saw her little body laid to rest beside their mother. But that doesn’t explain the dim remembrance he has of an event that happened not too long after that.
Charlotte Porter’s days are full and busy as she diligently teaches her young art students at her mother’s boarding school, and tries desperately to stay away from an annoying suitor. Painting has been her passion and dream ever since she could hold a brush, but lately she has begun to question her mission and calling in life. What is her real purpose? And why does she know so little about her father, who supposedly died before she was born?
William thinks he’s discovered the hidden link that has kept him from his sister for over fifteen years. But then she’s kid-napped, leaving William no choice except to find her and get her back. Once and for all.

My thoughts:

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

I have been waiting to review this book ever since I wrote a review for the first book in this series,  A Higher Ransom. I really liked all of the new characters introduced in this book though I did feel that the whole long-lost sister thing was a little soap-operish and could have been handled better and maybe not quite so theatrically. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed this book and I liked seeing all of Anna’s siblings. They were mentioned a couple of times in the first book, so it was cool to actually see people you had heard about and see if they match up to Anna’s description of them.

The only problem with this book is that everyone seems too perfect. None of the main characters have any real flaws and even the bad guys seem to be too evil to be real. Everything is black and white there is no grey.

Despite these problems I would still recommend this book to anyone looking for a light read.

BIO:

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ALEIGHA C. ISRAEL writer of inspirational fiction and poetry is an author of multiple books and enjoys sharing God’s love through the powerful art of storytelling.

Aleigha loves being a Community Assistant at the Young Writers Workshop and teaching writing classes to her talented students.

When she’s not daydreaming about a new story idea or playing with her sidekick “Marley” (a Pomeranian mix) she can usually be seen traveling with her family’s gospel bluegrass band, “Fret Not” or making personalized author swag for her business Literary Treasures. 

She doesn’t have to search very hard for inspiration.

Living in the Israel household, it’s guaranteed there’s an adventure waiting around every corner!

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Love’s Rescue (+GIVEAWAY)

About the Book

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Book: Love’s Rescue

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historic Romance

Release Date: February 14, 2019

A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.

Sold by her parents to settle a debt, Rolande Bisset is forced into prostitution. Years later, shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?

Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?

Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.

 

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My thoughts:

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

I really liked this book. I didn’t really read the synopsis when I requested this book, I prefer to be surprised when the books arrive, so when I started reading I had no idea that this book was about the story of Rahab. Nevertheless, I figured it out by the end of the book which just shows how great of an author Linda Shenton Matchett is. I mean, she managed to take a Bible story completely out of context, set it during World War II, and yet still make it instantly recognizable.

Now I’m going to try and refute any possible arguments that I could imagine against this book.

Firstly I’m going to say that the real Rahab was a prostitute and that if you look of Jesus’ genealogy all of the women except Ruth did some pretty terrible things so we can’t say that Rahab was great and perfect and then not give Rolande a fair chance for the same sin.

Second, to all of the historical fiction haters out there, I’m with you. Historical fiction is the worst. But this book actually handles it very nicely and I almost wouldn’t put it into the historical fiction genre because I wouldn’t want it to be associated with those other lesser books.

Lastly, if you’re worried about the length of the book, don’t be. This book took me about a week to read and that was only because I specifically spread it out so that it would stick in my mind better. It was a breeze to read and the author’s writing style was not intrusive at all making it even nicer.

I hope I’ve quelled all of your counterarguments and you will consider giving this book a chance!

About the Author

Linda-Matchett-Head-Shot-200x300Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

 

More from Linda

Dear Reader:

Love’s Rescue is a modern retelling of the biblical book of Rahab. I set the story in Paris during the last weeks of the German occupation of France during WWII. While researching the book, I read numerous memoirs and interviews of folks who lived through the occupation. Two aspects discussed time and time again were rationing and the difficulty in getting food. People with any amount of land at all planted produce to supplement the meager supply in the shops. If they were fortunate and an egg was available, it would be fried to a runny consistency and poured over the top of the dish.

Here is a simple recipe for Ratatouille:

Ingredients

1 whole white onion

1 large eggplant

1 large zucchini

1 bell pepper

2 medium tomatoes

2 large cloves garlic

2 sprigs thyme

2 T Olive oil

Salt & Pepper

 

Instructions

  • Peel garlic cloves. Smash with end of knife, then cut into a small dice.
  • Cut onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes into a medium dice.
  • Chop the eggplant and zucchini into 1” cubes.
  • In a large saucepan or pot, warm olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Warm over low heat. Add the onion to the pot and cook until tender – about five minutes.
  • Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
  • Add remaining vegetables to the pot.
  • Add a generous pinch of salt and a light pinch of pepper.
  • Add the thyme.
  • Cover the saucepan or pot with a lid and cook over medium-low heat for approximately 40 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender and there is little liquid in the pot.
  • Serve on your favorite platter.

 

Bon Appétit!

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a French/WWII themed gift basket that includes a WWII Word Find book by Linda Shenton Matchett, Love’s Rescue – Wartime Brides Book 2 by Linda Shenton Matchett, French-milled soap lavender scent, a Fleur-de-lis ribbon book mark, a set of three note pads with French motif, and a set of cocktail napkins with French motif!!

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Thirty Days Hath (+GIVEAWAY)

 

About the Book

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Book: Thirty Days Hath

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary romance

Release Date: Revised edition, Feb 26, 2019

Blind Dates Are for Wimps!

At least, that’s what Adric Garrison thinks.
Can you blame him? Thanks to his sister and brother-in-law, Adric is about to embark on a year of month-long, chaperoned, blind dates. Awkward.

He didn’t ask for it. But Adric still finds himself living what seems more like a bad TV reality show than a new life in Fairbury.

Once an ordinary (if prematurely gray and vertically challenged) guy, Adric is now Fairbury’s newest “most eligible bachelor,” and dreams of permanent bachelorhood loom on the horizon. Will he call it quits before the year is out, or will one of his “girls of the month” change his mind?

One man, twelve women, one happily ever after.

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My Thoughts

I thought that this book had kind of a weird concept, I mean a man invites unmarried women to live in his house for a month (and yes, I am aware that the women do not come alone they have chaperones) to see if they would be a good fit for each other. I’m not sure who would ever agree to this and I really can’t see pastors recommending this to their congregation.

Despite it’s rocky premise, once I got past the initial weirdness I really did enjoy the book. I really liked reading all of the profiles (though it was a little hard to figure out what exactly Adric saw in some of them. I’m with his mom here, It was kind of obvious that Brooke was going to be super competitive and that Faith wouldn’t even show up). I only wish that we had gotten to see Adric’s profile because it was discussed so much and I think his opinion of himself would have been really interesting to read.

I also loved that we got to see many varying personalities interact in close quarters. Adric was a great character, he had faults, but he worked hard to overcome them. Honestly I still think that Christine should have ended up with him, I get that she found someone else but they had the most chemistry. Jael wasn’t that interesting of a character to me.

All in all I definitely enjoyed reading this book, just beware, it’s longer than it looks.

About the Author

ChautonaHavig.jpgChautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

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A SILENT TRUTH NO ONE ADMITS: BLIND DATES ARE FOR WIMPS

Maybe I’m not the one to talk. After all, I never dated. Not really. My best friend in high school was a guy. We went to the movies. We did things. Still, we were just great friends.

I had what might be considered one date in Lubbock, Texas in 1987. Maybe. I didn’t consider it one, but I suppose the guy might have. Maybe.

Then I went from best friends with the guy I’ve been married to for 30 years to engaged in the span of a few seconds after what might have been a rhetorical question. He’s under orders not to tell me if it was. After all, he’s the fool who went on to say, “I do.” Just sayin’.

Still, in the first decade of the 21st century, I discovered a new “thing” in reality TV. The Bachelor. Though I tried watching it, I couldn’t after a while. It started out reasonably clean, but then it devolved into cat fights, spit-swapping sessions, and drama. Oh, the drama.

But one aspect intrigued me. The focused attention to finding the girl. What if Christians did that? What if we stopped playing the silly game of “pretend we’re not in this to see if you’re someone I could put up with for the next fifty or sixty years…”? Oh, man. What if the church rallied around its members and helped without pushing.

Trust me, you don’t want to push too much. You may discover that the people you’re pushing just get together and talk about it. Laugh at your antics. Mock the ridiculousness of it. Not that Kevin and I ever did that back in the day or anything. (Check out that story HERE.)

That “what if?” spurred an idea.

Sister churches. Chaperones. Not a couple of weeks in a giant house somewhere, but a whole month of real living with someone, day in. Day out. And again, with that chaperone to avoid that “appearance of evil” thing. If you could spend that much time with someone, seeing warts, virtues, best and worst sides… well, maybe you might just be right for each other.

At the least, you’d have a good idea if you even wanted to find out. That’s a healthier and quicker start than two or three months of a date here or there and hoping you’re seeing the real person. Right?

I created a character and ran with it. From giving him less than Hollywood good looks, to an anger problem and a blue-collar job, Adric had lots going for him… and not so much!

Then I tested it out. Acid test. I signed him up for eHarmony.

No, really. I did.

For the record, apparently short, prematurely graying mechanics with anger issues are a hot commodity. It took hours to get it set up, but man there were many women out there for him… supposedly.

And to this day, my Gmail email (that I never use) still says adricgarrison@gmail.com. No joke.

For what it’s worth, Adric learned one very difficult lesson that year.

As I’ve already confessed. I’ve never been on a blind date. I doubt anyone would even consider that I’ve been on a date. Still, after writing this book, I know for one thing. Blind Dates Are for Wimps.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of Thirty Days Hath, book cozy, and a $25 Starbucks gift card!!

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A Higher Ransom

A Higher Ransom

Back Cover:

Two lives so vastly different from each other… are about to be given a choice that will change the course of their lives forever.

King Raymond is ruthless. He will stop at nothing to see every Christian diminished.

But Anna Haddington doesn’t understand why she must keep quiet about her faith.

When her plans to stay with her aunt in Carpathia go awry, Anna finds it takes all that is in her to trust God with the outcome.

This is a story full of mystery and sacrifice that will leave you questioning whether you have what it takes to give up everything for Christ, even your own life.

Discover the account of three lives, all so different from each other. And find out how one person’s decision can affect the lives of so many.

Will Anna stay strong and not waver in her faith? Or will she crumble under the rule of a heartless king?

My thoughts:

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

I can say definitively without a doubt that this is my favorite book I’ve read from Celebrate Lit yet. While Israel’s writing style is a bit simplistic at times, I can overlook it because the plot was just so good. I loved all of the mystery and how Israel used a very unlikely character as a Christ-figure. I’ve already finished the second book of this series and am looking forward to recommending it to y’all this April.

I would recommend this book to basically absolutely anyone (though I think that girls will probably enjoy it more than boys would but who knows).

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Bio:

ALEIGHA C. ISRAEL writer of inspirational fiction and poetry is the author of multiple books and enjoys sharing God’s love through the powerful art of storytelling.

Aleigha loves being a Community Assistant at the Young Writer’s Workshop and teaching writing classes to her talented students.

When she’s not daydreaming about a new story idea or playing with her sidekick “Marley” ( a Pomeranian mix) she can usually be seen traveling with her family’s gospel bluegrass band, “Fret Not” or making personalized author swag for her business Literary Treasures.

She doesn’t have to search very hard for inspiration.

Living in the Israel household, it’s guaranteed there’s an adventure waiting around every corner!

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Dance of Shadows

Dance of Shadows

Back of the book:

The Winter Queen has brought the storm …

and the Abyss roams the halls of the Blood Keep.

Ten days have passed since Sundragon blood was shed for a sacrifice by Raphaela Kael. Ten days since Lathan and Maxx Jandry fled the city in search of Princess Damari Kael and their niece, Noelle. Brecken Jandry, Brae’s loyal husband, remains a tortured prisoner in the Kael dungeons and no one in Sunkai is safe from Roderick and Raphaela’s wrath.

Damari Kael flees Sunkai with little Noelle Jandry, determined to deliver the child to the safety of the Shadow Lands, even as her own power emerges within her. The Eventide Sisters embark on a mission to join the Winter Queen. Across the land, Clea Jandry arrives in her birthplace of Molderëin where she is met with a savagery she thought long dead. Afra Malaki seeks the Creator’s will and the Queen of the Woodlands prepares for battle.

In the peaceful city of Quintaria, the Winter Queen grieves. But the shadows are coming for her. They carry a message for Adlae Sundragon, and they will not rest until all is revealed.

My thoughts:

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

While I love the idea of creating a whole new universe with it’s own special names and ways of saying things, some aspects of this book didn’t really work for me. This all could be because I’ve never read the first book of this series, though, and so I don’t really have any background to go on for any of these characters. My main problem was with the names. I can’t pronounce them so I never could really discuss this book with anybody and they are all so weird that it was hard to keep people straight in my head.

Now on to the things I did like about this book. I loved how everything in the book was Christian, but they called God “Creator” and there was magic and tangible evil, in keeping with the fantasy theme. These elements gave the book a Narnia-esque feel which I liked. I also really liked the parallel story lines. It kept me interested and while I wasn’t fully invested in every single storyline, I was always looking forward to the ones I was invested in.

Author Bio

From as far back as she can remember, Erica Marie Hogan loved to write. When she was a little girl she adored make believe, but gradually her imagination became too big to restrict it to playtime and so, she wrote.

Erica was born and raised for nine years on Orient Point, Long Island, New York. She then moved with her family to Virginia and, finally, to Texas where she now lives. She lives to plot new stories, enjoys a good tear-jerker, and chocolate is her cure for any ailment. Once a month Erica publishes a post on her blog, By the Book: Diary of a Bookaholic, where she shares her experiences with writing and book reviews. She is represented by Jim Hart of Hartline Literary Agency.

Along with the first two books of The Winter Queen Series, Erica’s World War I standalone novel, The Lost Generation, is also available now from Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.

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Finally Accepted

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Finally Accepted Back Cover Blurb –

There’s only one thing Chloe Smith has ever wanted: family. Yet the DNA results she’s received have thrown her life into a tailspin. Her utmost desire has ended up being the catalyst for shaking her faith. She doesn’t even know who she is anymore, and she’s certainly too messed up for her longtime crush to give her more than a second glance.

Darryl Jones is struggling between his past and the grace God so freely offers. His sins feel too big for him to handle, let alone expect the woman of his dreams to accept. Chloe is the only woman he’s ever wanted and the one he doesn’t deserve.

As they form a tentative relationship and examine their faith, Chloe and Darryl ache to know they are finally accepted and fully loved.

My thoughts –

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

While some of the major plot points in this book could be considered overused or cliche, Shiloh puts her own twist on everything and keeps the story new and interesting. The characters are fully developed, and I find myself actually caring about Michelle and Guy’s marriage even though they are relatively minor characters. Also, while most books spend the first couple of chapters building a basis for their story before getting in to the actual plot, Finally Accepted jumps right in and simultaneously tells us about the characters while keeping us interested with a fast moving plot.

I would recommend this book as a vacation book for people who like romance. It’s light and uplifting and the perfect thing to read on the beach!

Author bio –

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian contemporary romance author. Once she understood the powerful saving grace, thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website here

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Protostar

Protostar by Braxton A. Cosby is sci-fi romance about two young star-crossed lovers. In the first book of this saga Cosby gives us just enough information about each of his characters that by the end of the book I was totally invested in the lives of Cosby’s two young protagonists and interested as to what they would do next. The ambiguous ending did nothing to satisfy my curiosity, but that’s alright. I guess I’ll just have to wait until the next book.

This is the beginning of my review of a book I got for free from OnlineBookClub. To read the rest of the review go to:

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The Miserable Mill

To Beatrice-

My love flew like a butterfly

Until death swooped down like a bat

As the poet Emma Montana McElroy said:

“That’s the end of that.”

The Miserable Mill was written by Lemony Snicket as the fourth installment to A Series of Unfortunate Events. This book also marks the end of the first season which, if you haven’t watched it yet, you definitely should go check it out.

My mom bought me the first three of these books to see if I liked the series when I was young. I really liked them but I just never got around to buying the rest of the series because there was just so much else to read. It was only until the Netflix original series came out and I watched the first season that I realized I needed to get the rest of these books pronto. This book actually marks the first installment that I watched the show before I read the book, instead of the other way around.

If you have read the first three books, seen the first six episodes, or have been keeping up with my reviews you are already well-acquainted with what’s going to go down in this book but let me recap just in case: 1. The Baudelaires are apprehensive about meeting their new guardian. 2. Said guardian might either be caring or evil but we all know that none of them will ever measure up to Uncle Monty. 3. Count Olaf finds them 4. Count Olaf is wearing a new disguise that hides his unibrow and the tattoo of an eye on his ankle. He fools everyone except for the Baudelaire orphans 5. Something happens which makes the guardian unable or refuse to care for the children. 6. Somewhat sad ending. This book is no different in these six respects from the other three.

This book is one of my favorites in this series and I would definitely recommend it to absolutely everyone.

The Wide Window

For Beatrice-

I would much prefer it if you were alive and well.

The Wide Window was written by Lemony Snicket and published by HarperCollins publishers in 2000.

Onto book 3! Have I mentioned that I love this series?

This book starts with Mr. Poe leaving Violet, Klaus, and Sunny alone on Damocles Dock because “the banking day has already begun.” The three children are to catch a taxi to their Aunt Josephine’s house. The three children are understandably worried, because of the fiasco their last two guardians were, and more than a little apprehensive about meeting their new guardian by themselves, not that Mr. Poe would be of any help if he were to join them. It turns out that they have nothing to worry about, at least for the time being. Their Aunt Josephine is a timid woman who is scared of absolutely everything but this does not make her a bad guardian. What makes her a bad guardian in the end is that she lets her fear control her actions and she does not protect the Baudelaire’s. But I really shouldn’t tell you anymore or you won’t read the book. The last thing I’ll tell you is something you should already know, Count Olaf does show up and its in a new disguise with a new dastardly plan for getting the Baudelaire’s fortune. What is this new plan you ask? Read the book and find out!

The Reptile Room

For Beatrice-

My love for you shall live forever

You, however, did not. 

This is the second book in A Series of Unfortunate Events a book series written by Lemony Snicket.

The sad story of the Baudelaires continues in this installment. This is definitely my favorite out of the earlier books probably because Uncle Monty is the most competent of all of their guardians. If the Baudelaires had stayed with him they would’ve lived a happy life. Sadly, as you probably already know, this was not so. Count Olaf shows up again with a new plan to steal the Baudelaire’s fortune. The adults are oblivious as always and as a result, someone dies. It is up to the three Baudelaires to destroy Count Olaf’s disguise and figure out his plan.

I loved this book. If you liked the first book at all, trust me, you’ll love this one. It’s as witty as the second one but instead of being completely full of sadness, there is a short part at the beginning where the Baudelaires are happy.