Thursday, December 3, 2020

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Montana Wedding by Cari Lynn Webb

 

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Montana Wedding
(The Blackwell Sisters #5)
By Cari Lynn Webb

Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
December 1, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can a fake date become the real deal?

Triplet Georgie Harrison will do anything to keep her family—including her newfound Blackwell relatives—from worrying about her. Which is exactly why she’s enlisted way-too-charming rodeo cowboy Zach Evans to be her fake boyfriend for her sister’s Montana ranch wedding. The problem is that Georgie’s not just tempted to fall for her own ruse…she’s also falling hard for the roguish cowboy she can never have.

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The Blackwell Sisters
Book 1: Montana Welcome by Melinda Curtis
Book 2: Montana Wishes by Amy Vastine
Book 3: Montana Dreams by Anna J. Stewart
Book 4: Montana Match by Carol Ross
Book 5: Montana Wedding by Cari Lynn Webb

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Excerpt from Montana Wedding


Georgie reached into the crate and took out a rose-colored bottle. “It’s a perfume bottle.”

“I think they all are.” Zach adjusted his grip on the box. “There are a lot in here.”

She replaced the rose bottle and removed two squat frosted bottles. “These are a pair and the glass stoppers are still in both.”

“You said your Christmas presents were in your vacationing suitcase.” Zach paused. What had he been thinking? Vintage perfume bottles. He held the crate, Georgie next to him, and his idea sounded foolish, like the stories he’d told his little brother to scare away the monsters under the bed.

Her gaze lifted to his, locked on and searched.

“I thought you could use these as gifts for your sisters.” Zach cleared his throat. “Or not. They’re old glass jars. Probably chipped and cracked. Need to be cleaned.”

She reached up, placed her hand on his cheek.

Her warm, soft touch stalled his rambling and his heart.

“They’re perfect.” She set her other palm against his cheek, framing his face. “Thank you for thinking about me.”

He shifted the crate. She moved closer. His heart kick-started into a race. He leaned forward. She leaned in. One more inch. One more...

“Georgie! Zach!” Her sister’s voice echoed up into the rafters. “Where are you guys?”

Zach jerked away. The glass perfume bottles clinked against each other.

Georgie jumped back. “Lily. We’re over here.”

“Where?” Lily hollered.

“Wait there,” Georgie shouted. She grabbed several dish towels from the armoire and covered the perfume bottles. “We’ll come to you.”

And Zach would come to his senses. He’d almost kissed Georgie again, his pretend girlfriend. And all he knew was there would have been nothing pretend about their kiss.



About the Author


Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She's been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent's 70 year marriage and her parent's marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn't always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.



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Book Review: Marriage, Melodies and Rewritten Conclusions by V. Joy Palmer

About the Book:

Kaylee McGrurd feels like life has left her behind. Her best friends have all moved out, married, or are in the process of matrimony. Meanwhile, she’s lost another job, and her daily diet consists of noodles that are better suited as packing material.

Then Kaylee’s ex, Gabe Sanders, enters the equation.

Gabe walked out on Kaylee without warning or explanation nine years earlier, but now he’s been brought back to the area for the unforeseen future. And he’s in need of new lead vocalist for his wedding band.

A dwindling account balance calls for desperate measures, and Kaylee reluctantly accepts Gabe’s offer. While the former couple works together in the midst of happy marriages and heartfelt melodies, secrets and the need for forgiveness highlight the strife between them…and the hope that maybe God’s rewriting the conclusion to their story.


My Thoughts:

During my first reading of Marriage, Melodies and Rewritten Conclusions by V. Joy Palmer, the second-chance romance between Kaylee and Gabe dominated my attention. I devoured their love story and had to know how things panned out! A slower second reading of the novel yielded a deeper connection with the issues and themes addressed by the story. I appreciated the story’s depth as the characters searched for truth, forgiveness, and healing.

Marriage, Melodies and Rewritten Conclusions features plenty of interesting characters. Most of the story is told from Kaylee’s POV. Her first person, stream-of-consciousness discourse occasionally felt chaotic and angsty. However, it was fun to experience her musically inclined brain in such an intimate way. Knowing her vulnerability made her extremely relatable. Izze and Natalya, secondary characters, added much to the story.

Trigger warning: Although the word “pornography” is never mentioned, Gabe struggles with the residual guilt and shame of his past. For those struggling with this issue or those who have a loved one struggling with this issue, this story could trigger some deep emotions.

Marriage, Melodies and Rewritten Conclusions works as a stand-alone novel, but it features characters from V. Joy Palmer’s previous novels. I enjoyed this story and recommend it to readers who appreciate lots of pop culture (movies and music) references embedded in a Christian contemporary romance novel.

 


Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

November Reading Recap & December TBR


My November 2020 Reads:

 In November, I finished:
  1. The Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Read my review.

  2. NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls. - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Read my review.

  3. The Anne of Green Gables Devotional by Rachel Dodge - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Read my review.

  4. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  5. A World Full of Poems: Inspiring Poetry for Children selected by Sylvia M. Vardell - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

  6. Resisting Dylan by Sophia Summers - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Read my review.

  7. Cupcakes & Crumbs by Melissa McClone - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Read my review.

  8. When Silence Sings by Sarah Loudin Thomas - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

  9. Panning for Love by Meg Cross Wenig - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Review to come.

  10. Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions by V. Joy Palmer - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Review to come.

  11. The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson - ⭐⭐⭐ - Review to come.



Expected December 2020 Reads:

In December, I hope to read:
  1. Once Upon a Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep - This will be a reread for me. My local book club chose it as the December selection and I'm looking forward to revising it. Read my original review here.

  2. To Dwell Among Cedars by Connilyn Cossette - I'm so excited for a new book by Connilyn Cossette. When I think of Biblical-era fiction, she's at the top of my author list!

  3. Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery.

  4. Discipline Your Kids with Positive Parenting by Nicole Libin.

  5. Make Life Beautiful by Syd & Shea McGee.

  6. The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark.

  7. The Price of Valor by Susan May Warren.




What will you read this month?

Book Blitz & Giveaway: A Christmas Proposal by Linda Warren

 

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A Christmas Proposal
(Texas Rebels #10)
By Linda Warren

Adult Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages (Large Print)
December 1, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A child’s Christmas wish…

Gives love a second chance


Becky Tullous has never forgiven boy-next-door Bo Goodnight for breaking her teenage heart. Now the SWAT sergeant is back in Horseshoe, Texas, and getting far too attached to her three-year-old daughter. Becky never wanted Bo in Luci’s life, but her developmentally delayed little girl is making great progress with him around. Will Bo prove he’s worth a second chance this Christmas?

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Excerpt

BECKY STOPPED OUTSIDE the door when she heard Bo’s deep smooth masculine voice, which touched her skin like cashmere, soothing, comfortable and deliciously rich. The baritone made her want to lean her head against the wall and absorb every nuance of his voice into her skin.

“You have a lot of stuffed animals and dolls,” Bo was saying.

“This. Is. Bear. Soft.” In Becky’s mind’s eye she could see Luci rubbing her face against the stuffed animal.

“What’s this one’s name?”

He wasn’t worming his way into Luci’s life. She stepped into the room and Luci ran to her.

“Mom-my.”

Becky picked her up and kissed her cheek. “I need to talk to Bo.”

Luci ran to the kitchen and Becky faced Bo with steel-like determination. He stood from the bed and his tall frame looked out of place in this pink little girl’s room. Dark eyes stared back at her with a heat level that matched hers and she didn’t know if there was a way to win against him. It would be better if he wasn’t so darn good-looking. With his longish hair and growth of beard he reminded her of Keanu Reeves. And Bo was just as big a daredevil as the characters the actor played.

“You want to talk? Talk. I’ve been trying to get you to talk for years so this is a momentous occasion.”

“Stay away from my daughter.” Becky was tired, so tired, and this bickering was not helping. “Bo, please go home.”

“Okay.” He took a step toward her and she had to resist taking a step backward. A musky scent mixed with Irish Spring soap drifted to her, weakening her resolve. “I’ll go, but first, I want to know who Luci’s father is.”

“Bo...”

“I’m her father, aren’t I? You’ve kept it from me all these years.”



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About the Author


Two time Rita® nominated author Linda Warren has written forty-five books for Harlequin. A native Texan, she’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the West Houston Chapter. Drawing upon her years of growing up on a ranch, she writes about some of her favorite things: Western-style romance, cowboys and country life. She married her high school sweetheart and they live on a lake in central Texas. He fishes and she writes. Works perfect. You can find out more about Linda at http://www.LindaWarren.net.



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Monday, November 30, 2020

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Swift by R. J. Anderson

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Swift
(The Flight and Flame Trilogy #1)
By R.J. Anderson
YA Fantasy, Christian
Hardcover & ebook, 272 Pages
August 18, 2020 by Enclave Escape

To save her people, a wingless girl must learn to fly.

As a piskey girl born without wings and raised underground, Ivy yearns for flight almost as much as she misses her long-lost mother. But the world outside the Delve is full of danger, and her dreams seem hopeless until she meets a mysterious faery who makes her an enticing offer: If Ivy helps him escape the Delve's dungeon, he'll teach her how to fly.

Freeing Richard could cost Ivy her reputation, perhaps even her life. But when her fellow piskeys start to disappear and her beloved little sister goes missing, Ivy has no choice but to take the risk.

Deadly threats and shocking revelations await Ivy as she ventures into a strange new world, uncovers long-buried secrets about her family's past, and finds that no one—not even herself—is entirely what they seem.

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Excerpt

The shadows were growing longer, the sun slipping toward the horizon. If Ivy didn’t get home soon, Cicely would come looking for her. Reluctantly she got to her feet, and started back toward the Delve.

A dark shape flashed by, and instinctively she whirled toward it. A little bird with wings like a bent bow, body tapering smoothly to a two-pronged fork of a tail. It swooped over the valley, moving so fast that Ivy’s eyes barely had time to focus before it was out of sight.

Swee-ree, swee-ree, swee-ree, came its song in the distance, a piercing call that plucked at Ivy’s heart. “Wait!” she cried. “Come back!”

And to her delight, the bird did. Skimming the treetops, it darted toward her and circled her head, bright eyes watching her all the while. She’d heard piskeys had a special rapport with animals, but she’d thought that was something only hunters did. She’d never guessed she could do it, too.

“What are you?” Ivy asked, soft with wonder. The bird didn’t answer, but it dipped lower, as though making her a bow. And then another fork-tailed bird came flashing over the hillside, and the two of them chased each other in dizzying spirals across the sky.

It was like magic, and music, and dancing, all at once. And as Ivy’s heart soared with them she knew, as surely as she knew her own name, that this was the bird she was meant to be.

Excerpted from Swift by R.J. Anderson. Copyright © R.J. Anderson. Published by Enclave Escape.

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About the Author


Born in Uganda to missionary parents, R.J. Anderson is a women’s Bible teacher, a wife and mother of three, and a bestselling fantasy author for older children and teens. Her debut novel Knife has sold more than 120,000 copies worldwide, while her other books have been shortlisted for the Nebula Award, the Christy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Fiction. Rebecca lives with her family in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.



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November 29th: Launch
November 30th: R.J. Anderson – Swift
December 1st: Ralene Burke – Armor of Aletheia
December 2nd: Michelle Diener – Breakaway
December 3rd: Sandra Fernandez Rhoads – Mortal Sight
December 4th: J.M. Hackman – Burn
December 5th: Sharon Hinck – Forsaken Island
December 6th: Ronie Kendig – Dawn of Vengeance
December 7th: Carla Laureano – Oath of the Brotherhood
December 8th: Belle Malory – Deviant Descendants
December 9th: Sara Schaller – The Genesis of Seven
December 10th: Jennifer Silverwood – Stay
December 11th: Anne Wheeler – Treason’s Crown
December 12th: Melissa Wright – Between Ink and Shadows
December 13th: Morgan Wylie –  Silent Orchids
December 14th: Kristen Young – Apprentice
December 15th: Grand Finale


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Friday, November 27, 2020

First Line Fridays: The Promised Land by Elizabeth Musser

Happy Friday! 


First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today, I'm sharing the first line from The Promised Land by Elizabeth Musser.

"I have spent twenty years carefully stitching my family's life together, so when it suddenly starts to unravel I find myself in a tangled knot of anxiety."

Have you read The Promised Land? It's still sitting on my TBR shelf, but I'll get too it one of these days. 😅 Book blurb below.

What are you reading this weekend? I'd love for you to share your book's first line!

Happy reading!



About the Book:

You'd be surprised at what gets through when everything else is taken away.

Abbie Jowett always has every detail perfectly planned out, including her husband's upcoming surprise fiftieth birthday party. But when he surprises her instead with news that he's leaving, she feels her life unraveling. Already distressed by her son Bobby's determination to take a gap year in Europe in addition to her father's failing health, Abbie is immobilized by grief.

Bobby Jowett 
has dared to take a gap year to really think about his future. His first stop is volunteering at a refugee center in Austria where he meets a beautiful Iranian girl named Rasa. For idealistic Bobby, it is love at first sight. On the spur of the moment, he invites her to join him in hiking the famed French Camino. But his mother, out of desperation, has also chosen to follow him to France.

Caroline Lefort, 
a young photojournalist, is writing an article about pilgrims on the Camino. However, she has been like a wandering pilgrim herself for the past ten years, having abandoned her family after a devastating event.

As the lives of these people intersect, they find that the Camino strips them bare, calling each one into deep soul-searching. Against all odds, can they find themselves again?



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