Book Review: A Heart’s Promise by Colleen Coble 

  
I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. 

The Synopsis: 

At Fort Laramie, soldier Isaac Liddle determines he will court and win Emmie Croftner’s hand. Though courting seems improbable for a woman in her condition, Emmie begins to care deeply for Issac and chafes as Jessica Dubois sets her bonnet for him.

When Jessica learns of Emmie’s secret pregnancy, she blackmails her. With the Sioux Wars raging outside the safety of Fort Laramie, Emmie knows she cannot lose Isaac. But will he reject her—and her child—if he learns the truth?

My Review: 

As I’ve stated in the last couple reviews for this novalla series, I have grown weary of the characters as well as the setting. With A Heart’s Promise being book 5 out of 6, I am sad to say that I am extremely ready for the series to be finished with and will probably have to force myself to finish book 6 as I have zero interest in it. I hate that I feel this way about these books because I know that it was Colleen’s first series and that it is more than likely very dear to her heart but I just can’t get into them. I still love Collee’s writing and the covers here are gorgeous, but when it comes to the plot and characters, I would prefer to stay with her newer books. 

3 out of 5 stars. 

Book Review: Tattered and Mended by Cynthia Ruchti 

  
I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. 

The Synopsis: 

For years, society and especially the church required that we hide our brokenness and pretend that all was well, even when it was terribly broken. Now, people have become comfortable with our tattered edges, our character weaknesses, our “old, familiar sins,” and forgotten that God doesn’t intend to leave us in a state of disrepair. God calls us to something other than the wild pendulum swing from hiding our scars to flaunting them.

Rather than resigning ourselves to desperately clinging to shreds of recovery, or discarding the broken, threadbare, scarred relationships, we can engage in the process of healing through Christ. Jesus reclaims what we fear was damaged beyond repair. His soul-mend leaves hope where the wound once was. And, as we engage in the process of healing, we grow in appreciation of how God tends and transforms our wounds.

My Review; 

Tattered and Mended is a beautiful devotional that I really enjoyed reading. It’s one of those books that has one liners that you want to quote all of the time and underline as you read (maybe even write on sticky notes and stick ’em all over your house!). Cynthia has a beautiful writing style that is easy to engage with and understand with creative illustrations and powerful messages. I love her “Calls to action” at the end of the book as they challenge you to live out everything you learned in easy, doable actions. 

Though I, personally, did not have a specifiiic heart-wrenching dilemma in mind while reading through this, there were still plenty of things that I was able to get from this book that could be both used now, and in preparing for future situations (because they will come). So I strongly encourage you, especially if you are trying to overcome a wound, to pick up this book as I am sure it will be incredibly beneficial to you. 

So I rate Tattered and Mended, 5 out of 5 stars and I will probably be looking into this author’s books for Bible studies in the future. Thanks for reading! 

Book Review: The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd 

  
I received this book from the author/publisher via Litfuse for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

It is not just a ruby, as you say. It is large as a quail’s egg, still untouched and unpolished. And it is rumored to either bless or curse whomever possesses it.”

Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She’s done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop on Blinkett Street. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille has no choice but to accept help from the mysterious stranger who came to her aid.

Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content working as a village apothecary. But when his brother’s death made him heir just as his father’s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession—a ruby called the Bevoy—can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop—and the beautiful shop girl who may or may not be the answer to his questions.

Curious circumstance throws them together, and an intricate dance of need and suspicion leads the couple from the seedy backwaters of London to the elite neighborhoods of the wealthy to the lush, green Surrey countryside—all in the pursuit of a blood-red gem that collectors will sacrifice anything to possess.

Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, each will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness.

My Review: 

This is the second book by Sarah that I’ve read and I was once again pleased with her novel. The Curiosity Keeper has a good mysterious plot that is sure to keep you curious (no pun intended ;-) .The characters are very well developed and unique and I enjoyed reading about them. The setting was also beautiful and unique and I loved how the author showed us the story in such a fabulous way. The author’s writing style is so pretty and I cannot wait to read book two to Sarah Ladd’s new Treasures os Surrey series! 

5 out of 5 stars! 

Author Bio: 

Taken from GoodReads:

Hello, I am Sarah E. Ladd, author of “The Heiress of Winterwood”, which is an inspirational romance novel set in Regency England. This book is the first book of the “Whispers on the Moors” series and released in April of 2013. 

I would love to connect with you on Facebook and talk about all things Regency! Be sure to like my page for updates: http://www.facebook.com/SarahLaddAuthor

Link for Purchase: 

Amazon 

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Well hello everyone! I am here with yet another blogging award (the first in a while) and this one looks like such fun! With a special thanks to my blogging “sister” Courtney over at The Green Mockingbird; I present to you the “rules”!

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1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.

2. Put the award logo on your blog.

3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.

4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Nominate ten blogs other bloggers.

The Questions: 

1. What is your favorite book-to-movie adaption? 

Hmm..Good question. I’d have to say probably the Narnia series, even though the more they make the less like the books they are. I just really enjoy the Narnia series as both movies and books.

2. What are you currently reading (or reading next)? 

Oh what a terrible question! I’m reading several books currently on both my kindle and physical books so the list will possibly be very long. Physical books that I am currently reading consist of: In Good Company by Jen Turano, Rise of the Fallen by Chuck Black, and Messiah; The First Judgement by Wendy Alec. And the ebooks that I’m reading are, Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade and a lot of others that I just pick up reading whenever I’m in the mood.

3. Tea or coffee? 

Coffee, coffee, coffee!

4. If you could travel (or time-travel) to your favorites book’s setting, where would you go? 

Oh dear. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question and yet I still cannot find a concrete answer…Honestly, I love the late 1800s high society New York (aka any of Jen Turano’s books) so thats probably where I would go.

5. What did you purchase the last time you visited a grocery store? 

Um…honestly the last time I went to the grocery store, it was to pick up diapers for my baby brother….oh and I think I got a bread pan too.

6. Latest celebrity crush? 

Haha, that question had to be in there! Hunter Hayes, hands down (actually listening to him now!). Though I do enjoy watching movies with Josh Hutcherson in them, Hunter Hayes is by far the best ;-)

7. Do you own multiple copies of the same book? Which one(s)? 

Oh yes! Off the top of my head, I have two (technically three if you include the story collections books) copies of Call of the Wild; two (technically three haha) copies of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; two copies of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; two copies of Going to the Chapel which is a part of the Grace Chaplin Inn series. And I think that’s it, but there might be a few more…

8. What is your favorite movie genre? 

Dystopian or Sci-fi. I also enjoy Fantasy and Suspense (Just watched all of the Jurassic Parks for the first time and loved every minute of them so that gives you an idea..).

9. Have you ever been to a drive-in movie? 

No, I haven’t. Though I have always wanted to…

10. Favorite ice cream flavor? 

Rocky Road or homemade coffee. I’ll eat vanilla, but it has to have chocolate syrup on it….

So there you have it! Now it is time for me to come up with ten questions for the ten bloggers that I nominate, so below are the questions (I’m keeping the questions summery!) :

How old were you when you got your first cell phone? 

Dr. Pepper or Coke? 

Do you prefer going to the lake or going to a public pool? 

Tent camping or living it up in an RV? 

Have you ever been mesmerized by fire? To the point that you studied it for hours…

Real lemonade or pink? 

How many pairs of sunglasses do you own? 

Flip-flops or barefoot? 

Are you reading on the beach (or next to the pool) or are you in the water? 

Which color is more summery to you: bright pink or bright orange (both is not allowed!)? 

Alright, I nominate the following bloggers:

Aerykah @ Expressions of Me

Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination

Athelas @ Red Lettering 

Brit @ Brit’s Nook

Grace @ Fictionally

MaKenzie  @ Sketching my Thoughts

Mikayla @ Braving the Storm

Rissi @ Dreaming Under the Same Moon 

Samantha @ Le Chaim (on the right) 

Virgina @ A-blog-from-the-heart 

If I didn’t nominate you but you want to participate then go ahead and take the award and say that I nominated you! I look forward to reading all of your answers!

Update on My Life

Hay-o everyone! How I’ve missed just fun, informative chat here on my blog, but life happens and here recently, my life is beyond exciting! But, before I get too far ahead of myself let me tell you all that in the beginning of the year, my dad got a word that this year would be exciting and different for us. And indeed it has been! 

It started with a monster-truck rally that my Aunt and Uncle gave us tickets for for Christmas and we had a fabulous time attending this event! There’s nothing quite like watching a bunch of awesome monster trucks smash things in an arena ;-) 

That was followed by our first ever concert which happened to be Toby-Mac and Mandisa! My Grandma got us those tickets and they were well-used! The tee-shirt I got still remains as one of my favorites and it was a fabulous experience! 

Almost immediately after the Toby-Mac and Mandisa concert we were then blessed to be invited to join some close friends to a Third Day concert; which was amazing! Completely different style of concert but just as awesome an expereince! 

And then…..those same friends spoiled us again by inviting us to a Billy Currington concert which was obviously our first country music concert, but not only did we get to see one our favorite country artists live; we also had pit passes so we were seriously touching the stage! The bass was threatning to stop our hearts and the energy and excitment was overwhelming…I don’t think I’ll go to another concert unless it is that close because that was so worth it! 

All of that happened before summer so skipping forward a couple of months to June, we went to Tyler State Park with our youth group for a “summer camp” and had a wonderful time having raft wars, hiking in the heat, and making up crazy cabin songs…but the highlight of that trip was worship. I tell you, you have never lived until you worship the Creator of the universe around a campfire at night in the woods with all of your dearest friends. Nothing like it. 

If you think that this has all been amazing, just wait, it gets so much better! July 22-24 we will be going to a longly anticipated Gateway youth leadership conference with our youth group. And I have to say, to fully understand my excitement in being able to go, you have to understand that we nearly were not able to go because of the following event, which is a trip to Hawaii! 

And when I say “trip to Hawaii”, I do not mean just a few days. Guys, we are going to be there for 6 weeks! I’ve never been to Hawaii before so this is probably the highlight of my year! Heck, I’ve never even been to the beach so, I mean Hawaii for the first time on a beach, yes, I can get down with this lol! We will leave for Hawaii July 27 so after that I’m not sure if I will just randomly disappear or if I will have time/wifi to post the few book reviews that I have set up or not (really, lets be real, if I post anything it will be pictures..).

I really don’t know what else is in store for us this year, but all I can say is God is good! He knew that we needed a fun and relaxing year; a break from the norm, and He’s given it to us. I pray that our time in Hawaii will not only let us come home refreshed, but also bring us closer as a family. I’ll keep you posted as the year progresses and will still try really hard to contine the weekly summer scripture memorization. 

Thank you all for sharing my life here in webspace and I hope that all of the rest of your summer days are filled with joy and excitment and that God will touch you all in a special way this year! Till next time, peace out! 

Book Review: Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett

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I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

 Where better to rebuild and face one s fears than in 1906 San Francisco, a city rising from the ashes? Ruby Marshall, a young widow, is certain she ll discover new purpose assisting her brother Robert with his cancer research, but she doesn t anticipate finding new love. Dr. Gerald Larkspur dreams of filling his empty home with family, but he d always hoped it would be a wife and children. In the aftermath of the great earthquake, the rooms are overflowing with extended family and friends left homeless by the disaster. When Robert s widowed sister arrives, the close quarters seem close indeed. Ruby and Gerald s fledgling romance is put at risk when Gerald develops symptoms of the very disease they re striving to cure. Together they must ask is it worth a second chance at love when time might be short?”

My Review: 

My very favorite book has a setting much like this one, where the town (Chicago) was completely burned to the ground and the characters worked together to bring restoration back to their home, so I thought that I would give this book a try in hopes that it would be as good as my favorite. I was not disappointed at all with Beyond the Ashes and in fact I have a new favorite book as well as a favorite author! Karen Barnett has a beautiful writing style that holds you in place as you read her carefully researched work of art. I absolutely loved her characters and the fact that there is no promise of a “happily-ever-after” just made it that much better. I am going to be (hopefully) buying the first book and can’t wait until the next book in this series comes out!

Thank you for reading my review and have a blessed day.

Book Review: A Heart’s Betrayal by Colleen Coble

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I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Emmie finds shelter in the arms of a soldier, but her secret could drive them apart.

When Emmie Croftner answered the door to her late husband’s home, she discovered a terrible truth. A woman she’s never met reveals that she and Emmie shared the same husband and that the bigamist had never divorced his first wife. The home and farm are not Emmie’s property after all.

Suddenly displaced and powerless, Emmie realizes she can’t stay in Wabash, Indiana, any longer. She makes for Fort Laramie, Wyoming, where her friend Sarah Montgomery and a new beginning await her. But when she arrives, she discovers she’s carrying a child, conceived before her husband’s death. Was the new start she’d hoped for only a mirage?

At Fort Laramie, a soldier named Isaac Liddle begins to court Emmie, prompting her to wonder whether she could ever really be his–and whether she dares to tell him she is carrying another man’s baby.

My Review: 

A Heart’s Betrayal is book 4 to the Journeys of the Heart novella series by Colleen Coble and I have been reading and reviewing this whole series, one per month. While I am glad that the author finally took her focus off of the main character of the last 3 novellas, I have grown very tired of the setting and find it difficult to engage with the new main character. The writing is great, like always :-) but I just don’t care for the story-line nor the setting much anymore. The covers are all so beautifully designed and the colors pop out in such an eye-catching way that I just want these books to be on display 24-7! This semi-negative review will by no means stop me from supporting Colleen as some of her other books still remain as my favorites, I just do not care for this particular novella series. I will however continue to read and review the last two books because I am already committed to them :-)

Thanks for reading my review and have a blessed day!