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Book Review: Miracles From Heaven by Christy Wilson Beam

Miracles From Heaven

The Synopsis:

In a remarkable true story of faith and blessings, a mother tells of her sickly young daughter, how she survived a dangerous accident, her visit to Heaven and the inexplicable disappearance of the symptoms of her chronic disease.

Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals with a rare and incurable digestive disorder that prevented her from ever living a normal, healthy life. One sunny day when she was able to go outside and play with her sisters, she fell three stories headfirst inside an old, hollowed-out tree, a fall that may well have caused death or paralysis. Implausibly, she survived without a scratch. While unconscious inside the tree, with rescue workers struggling to get to her, she visited heaven. After being released from the hospital, she defied science and was inexplicably cured of her chronic ailment.

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN will change how we look at the world around us and reinforce our belief in God and the afterlife.

My Review: 

I’ve always heard it said that authors/writers find that their personal stories or fictional stories based on their personal lives are the ones that are remembered or the ones that were the best written; and that is because they actually experienced every feeling that is written down so to the reader it is actually “real”. Miracles From Heaven is exactly that and leads you into the personal lives of the Beam family as they endure this emotional roller coaster with their daughter Annabel.

As I read Annabel’s story, my heart just broke. Christy, Annabel’s mom/the author, opens the book in a beautiful way and as you progress through their story with her, you understand the power of God’s healing in way that is not often told. Christy is a master of suspense as she hops around the scenes, keeping the book firmly in your hands, and slowly and carefully painting the picture for her readers. I do have to warn the reader/advise the author that some of the scenes seemed to blend together a little too well and I did find myself rereading quite a few scenes just to figure out what was going on.

On a side note, I think that I read somewhere that this book is going to made into a movie soon, but I am not positive so please don’t take my word for it; however, if a movie does come out I will definitely be watching it and I highly recommend anyone who read/watched Heaven is For Real last year to pick up Miracles From Heaven. This is definitely a book for you and I might possibly reread it in the future.

5 out of 5 stars! Thanks for reading!

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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Book Review: The Creole Princess by Beth White

The Creole Princess

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

The Synopsis: 

All along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages. In the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is quieter–though no less deadly. The lovely Frenchwoman Lyse Lanier is best friends with the daughter of the British commander. Rafael Gonzalez is a charming young Spanish merchant with a secret mission and a shipment of gold to support General Washington. As their paths cross and their destinies become increasingly tangled, Lyse and Rafael must decide where their true loyalties lie–and somehow keep Lyse’s family from being executed as traitors to the British Crown.

With spectacular detail that brings the Colonial South alive, Beth White invites readers into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known side of the American Revolutionary War. Her richly textured settings and characters delight while fast pacing and closely held secrets will keep readers turning the pages

My Review: 

I am going to open this review by saying that Beth White has created the most memorable male character that I have ever read about! Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Ripparda was by far the highlight of this book for me and I am certain that I could never tire of reading about his fun personality! As for the rest of this book, it was equally as enjoyable and I was immensely pleased with the author’s writing and research as she wrote this engaging tale! There were a few questionable scenes during the American Revolutionary War reflects but nothing bad enough to mention as a stay away from; simply the things that came with war.

This is the first book that I have read by Beth White and I am now a dedicated fan and honestly cannot wait for her next book! I rate The Creole Princess 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance!

Author Bio:

*Taken from Goodreads*

Beth White teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. Her hobbies include playing flute and pennywhistle and painting, but her real passion is writing historical romance with a Southern drawl.

A native Mississippian, she is a pastor’s wife, mother of two, and grandmother of two–so far.

Also published as Elizabeth White, her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Book Review: Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson

Every Bride Needs A Groom

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

The Synopsis: 

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn’t managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t enter a contest in “Texas Bride” magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town–the very same day Katie wins her dream dress–her world is turned upside down. Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop–yeah, you read that right–catch on to her humiliation if she does?
Janice Thompson designs a romance sure to delight, with plenty of fish-out-of-water moments, a hilarious supporting cast, and more of the wedding biz world her readers adore.

My Review: 

The previous book that I read (A Bouquet of Love)  by this author still stands to be one of the most entertaining contemporary novels that I have ever read and this book is not far behind! The characters are so well made and the setting so perfect that I could probably read this book over and over again! The cover is beautifully designed and Janice’s writing is just wonderful. Though the plot is completely predictable, it is lots of fun to read and I anxiously await Every Girl Gets Confused, book 2 of which comes out October 2015, to finish the story of Katie Fisher!

I highly recommend Every Bride Needs a Groom and rate it 5 out of 5 stars! Thank you for reading my review!

Author Bio: 

*Taken from Goodreads*

My name is Janice Thompson. (You will find me published under Janice Hanna, Janice Hanna Thompson, Janice A. Thompson as well.)

I’m a Christian freelance author of novels, non-fiction books, magazine articles and musical comedies for the stage. I live in the Houston area, where the heat and humidity tend to reign, regardless of the season.

I’m the mother of four beautiful daughters, (Randi, Courtney Rae, Megan and Courtney Elizabeth. Yes, I really do have two daughters named Courtney! Long story…) I also have the three prettiest granddaughters any Nana could hope for – Madysen Lynae, Avery Rae and Peyton Renae. Grandbaby #4, Ethan Ames, was just born in the winter of ‘09 and baby Boston Craig just arrived in the spring of ‘10. Another baby girl is on the way – baby Brooke!

Our family is extremely active in local ministry. My oldest daughter, Randi, leads worship in the Houston area, Courtney Rae leads worship at her church in Montana, Megan works with children at our local church and Courtney Elizabeth sings on the worship team at her church in Michigan. I’m thrilled to have four grown daughters who love the Lord (and several granddaughters who one day will)!

What I Do

I’m a writer by trade, but wear many other hats, as well. Currently, I spend a lot of my time working as a freelance editor and teaching writing. I enjoy public speaking (promoting books, or teaching from the Bible). Please see my speaking topics page for more information. These days I’m also very busy with my new online writing course, “Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer.” To learn more, visit my site:www.freelancewritingcourses.com

I home-schooled my four daughters (for eleven years) carrying them each through to graduation. I taught drama and creative writing for several years at a Christian school of the arts. I’ve also directed a youth choir and stayed active in the home-school community (including public speaking to local home-school groups). I directed the “Out There! Drama Ministry” – a group of artists in their teens and twenties who traveled the globe presenting the gospel message through the arts.

I am passionate about my faith and do all I can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why I particularly enjoy writing.

Why I Write

I’ve been writing since childhood. In fact, the first novel I remember crafting was in the sixth grade. I had consumed every Bobbsey Twins book on the shelves and ached for another one, so I created a new adventure for the characters I had grown to love. Of course, I was far too young to understand the concept of plagiarism at that time! I started writing “seriously” in the early 90’s. Since then, I’ve been blessed to have nearly fifty articles published, along with several novels.

NOTE: Please visit my media page for photos, official author bio, book discussion guides and more.

Published Works

It’s getting to be quite a long list, so just click here to take a look-see! :)

*NOTE FROM JANICE*

Those of you who’ve been reading my romances over the past several years know me as Janice A. Thompson. My joy is mixed with a smidgeon of sorrow as I explain the change in my last name for some of my current releases.

I recently lost my father to bone marrow cancer. His last name (Hanna) is my maiden name—and it’s a name that means even more to me now that he is gone. In memory of my father, I will be using the Hanna name in my upcoming Barbour and Summerside books. My Revell books will still release under Janice Thompson.

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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Book Review: The Broken Blade by Anna Thayer

The Broken Blade

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

The Synopsis: 

Eamon Goodman is now the Master’s Right Hand. But despite being the second-in-command to the ruler of the River Realm, Eamon becomes the victim of vengeful plots engineered by the other Quarter Hands. Eamon finds himself powerless to stop them and the people he cares for are under threat. Eamon then discovers that the Nightholt – the book he long ago delivered to the Master’s Hands – holds the key to the Master’s power, which will become absolute upon the death of the King. Thus the stage for the final battle is set. Eamon rides out at the head of the Master’s army and must finally decide where his true allegiance lies. His choice will determine the fate of the River Realm…

My Review: 

Before I begin, hats off to the cover designer; just wow! This whole series is wonderfully illustrated through the covers and the cover designer should be extremely proud of themselves! Onto the content, this is yet another book that can be added to my “series read out of order” list with it being book 3 in The Knight of Eldaran series; but despite reading this book before reading the first two, I was able to follow relatively well with the story and the characters were easy to engage with. The plot was really well thought-out and I was pleased with the number of twists that were scattered throughout this gripping story. However, I did find the writing to be kind of choppy and the scenes were too short for my liking; but it wasn’t bad enough for me to dislike the book.

Overall, I rate The Broken Blade 4 out of 5 stars and look forward to beginning the story with books one and two as soon as I get them!

Author Bio: 

Anna Thayer graduated from Cambridge with first class honors in 2005 and, bilingual in English and Italian, went on to teach in Sicily. She now writes and lectures internationally on the works of Tolkien and Lewis, and teaches English at an independent school in southern England.

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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Prayers!

Hey everyone! If you were watching channel 7 last night then I am sure that you are aware that we had some pretty crazy storms over here in Texas and one of the towns really close to home took a beating. I think they had two tornadoes reported that just annihilated the little town and this morning many are hurt as well as missing. Please keep the town of Van in your prayers as well as any of the other East Texas towns that were affected by this storm.

I think that American Red Cross is going to be helping out some so if you feel that you want to do more maybe check out their website; I personally do not know if they have any information on their website but if you are familiar with working with them then I suppose you would know where to look ;-)

Thank you all so much for your prayers and I will keep you updated on getting Van, Texas back on their feet!

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Book Review: The Inn at Oceans Edge by Colleen Coble

The Inn at Oceans Edge

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

The Synopsis:

A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamore’s childhood was like a fairytale. But with the help of Luke Elwell, Claire discovers that fairytale was really an elaborate lie . . .

The minute she steps inside the grand Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Claire Dellamare knows something terrible happened there. She feels it in her bones. Her ensuing panic attack causes a scene, upsetting her parents. Claire attempts to quiet her nerves with a walk on the beach, to no avail. She’s at too great a distance to make out details, but she believes she witnesses a murder on a nearby cliff. When local police find no evidence of foul play, they quickly write off the “nervous” woman’s testimony as less than credible.

But Luke Elwell, home on leave from the Coast Guard, has reason to believe Claire. Years ago when his mother went missing, Luke’s father suspected she’d been murdered. He died never having convinced the police to investigate. So when an employee of the grand hotel doesn’t show up for work, Luke steps in to help Claire track down the missing woman.

As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.

My Review:

In reading this novel, I realized just how much I have been missing a good book that makes you sweat! The inn at Ocean’s Edge grabbed my attention from the very first page and refused to let go through the entire book. I never once hit a “slow” or “boring” part and the mystery was well worth the read. Colleen’s writing style is phenomenal and her characters are so realistic that I genuinely thought that I was watching a movie rather than reading a book. The beach setting was beautiful and well portrayed and the story-line was completely believable and unpredictable. I do warn that the violence is decently high but not overly detailed, and the murders are very well written so that you could see what happened “from a distance”; so though you knew what happened clearly, the author didn’t bring you on top of the scene and rub your nose in it.

So overall, I was immensely pleased with Colleen’s newest work and I rate The Inn at Ocean’s Edge 5 out of 5 stars and cannot wait until Colleen’s next book!

Author Bio: 

USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.

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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Tot Review: Battle of the Grandmas by Anthonette Klinkerman

Battle of the Grandmas

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

The Synopsis:

One little girl, three grandmas! Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Well, three times the presents from Grandma, Granny, and NaNa (the real ones pictured at left) isn’t as wonderful as most grandkids would think in this humorous tale. Based on a true story, find out what happens when gift-giving becomes a battle!

My Review:

Battle of the Grandmas is a really cute book that I could have easily identified with when I was younger! Including the part that I have both a “Grandma” and a “Nana” in my life of whom I love bunches;-) Battle of the Grandmas has great virtues that include not basing your love on materialistic items. The little girl shows that she doesn’t care about the maximum amount of toys, books, dolls and clothing as much as she loves just spending special one on one time with each of her grandmas. The writing is really great and reminded me so much of a Dr. Seuss book that I loved it that much more! All in all, Battle of the Grandmas was really great and made me smile and I rate it 5 out of 5 stars!

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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