Thursday, September 29, 2016

Courageous by Dina L. Sleiman

About the Book
Inspired by the vision of the Young Lady Sapphira, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a group of men, women, and children as a defender of the cross, seeking to free captives from prisons near Tripoli. She gladly gives herself to the cause, as she's haunted by a tragic mistake and no longer deserves such joys as marriage and family might bring.

Sir Randel Penigree was reared to serve in the church, but dreams of protecting the innocent as a knight. Joining a crusade to escape humiliation at home, he finds himself drawn to Rosalind as they partner to train and protect a group of young adolescents. When they face political machinations, danger, and an unknown enemy bent on their destruction, they are forced to reconsider their priorities and the very nature of the God they serve.

My Thoughts
When I first heard about this author's debut novel I was instantly intrigued and I knew I had to read it. I was lucky to get a copy for review and I loved it so I eagerly awaited book two, hoping it would live up to its predecessor. And it gloriously did, earning this author a spot on my must read list. So this third book had a lot to live up to and thankfully it was as good as the first two!
I can honestly say I have never read a book that centered around a crusade so this was an entirely know new territory for me. But it was a very interesting setting!
We got to meet Rosalind in the last book and Randall made some appearances so I was excited to see where their story would take them and how it would play out. I loved the way that their easy friendship slowly blossomed into something deeper, even though they had both decided marriage wasn't in the cards for them. Both had pasts that haunted them and it seemed like they both centered their lives around trying to atone for the things they had done. So it was beautiful to watch as they learned to accept that God had truly forgiven them and that they were not defined by the sins they had committed.
The mystery of who was the traitor in the group who wanted Randall dead kept me guessing until it was revealed and it was fun trying to figure it out.
There were a few bits near the end that didn't seem to flow as smoothly as the rest and seemed a bit forced, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of this book! I really liked the very end and getting to see all of the characters together!
So basically this book (and the series it is a part of) is amazing and you definitely need to read them!


Meet the Author
Dina L. Sleiman holds an MA in professional writing from Regent University and a BA in communications with a minor in English from Oral Roberts University. She is the author of the Valiant Hearts trilogy, which includes Dauntless, winner of the 2016 Carol Award for Young Adult Fiction. Over the past eighteen years, she has had opportunities to teach college writing and literature, as well as high school and elementary classes in English, humanities, and fine arts. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. She can be found online at www.dinasleiman.com.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Missing by Lisa Harris

About the Book
Nikki Boyd Enters the Deadly World of Counterfeit Drugs to Find a Missing Woman
Nikki Boyd isn't usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she's ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant--and another dead body--Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business--including Nikki.

Christy Award-winning and bestselling author Lisa Harris puts readers right into the action in this fast-paced thriller that will have them turning pages long into the night.

My Thoughts
Lisa Harris knows how to take her readers for a wild adventurous ride and this book was no different. After meeting the characters in Vendetta I was interested to get more of their story and see how things would continue to play out. Nikki and Tyler's relationship is slightly complicated, they started as friends when Tyler married Nikki's best friend Kate. But Kate died in a tragic accident and as time has passed Nikki has started to see Tyler as more than a friend, though she keeps these feelings to herself in fear of ruining their friendship. Despite all that they make a great couple and I can't wait to see where things will go with them!
The action was fast paced and kept me on my toes with lots of unexpected twists. There was quite a lot going on but the author did a great job of making it all fit together clearly.
Everything about this book was well done and I'm eagerly anticipating book three!

Meet the Author
Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. The author of nearly thirty books, including Vendetta and the Southern Crimes series, Harris and her family have spent twelve years living as missionaries in southern Africa. Learn more at www.lisaharriswrites.com.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Waiting on Wednesday #221: Wild Montana Skies

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren
Revell-October 18, 2016

About the Book
Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn't realize is that someone else is also back in town.
Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that's on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he's fully recovered. It doesn't take long, though, to discover his father's ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.
With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?

Why I Want It
Susan May Warren is one of my long-time favorite authors and I'm excited for this new series!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg

About the Book
Swoon-worthy Romance. Small-town Charm. Best friends reunite in Tagg's latest novel of second chances and enduring love.
Beckett Walker hasn't stepped foot in Maple Valley in years. There's no getting past the painful memories, and there's every chance he'll be arrested as soon as he shows his face. Which is exactly what happens when he finally returns. Suddenly his dream of adventure as a military lawyer comes skidding to a halt.
Horticulturist Kit Danby has spent too much time missing home and her childhood best friend--Beckett Walker. Now she might have a shot at reclaiming both. After years of living abroad, she returns to run her family's apple orchard. She has one season to turn a profit and impress the father she barely knows. But she can't do it alone.

It should be simple: Beckett needs community service hours. Kit needs a helping hand. But there's more at stake than either of them planned. With a tangled past and futures that look nothing alike, they'll have to find a way to weather the storms of the present . . . or risk losing everything.

My Thoughts
Anyone who's been following this blog the past few years should know by now that when you see the name Melissa Tagg here you should brace yourself for a long gushing review. So brace yourselves because that's exactly what you're going to get! I swear Melissa gets better with each book. Every time I finish a book of hers I'm convinced there's nothing that could be better and every time her next book proves me wrong! There are a million little things I loved about this book that all added up to three hundred and thirty some pages of pure awesome!
I'll start with first things first, the cover! This just might be my favorite cover of all time! It has been the lock screen on my phone since it was revealed and I seriously want to get a poster sized print of it to hang on my wall!
Then there's the character names. I've loved the name Beckett for awhile now and it totally is perfect for this character. Kit is an adorable name and it just gets cuter when you learn how she got the nickname.
And the characters themselves! Melissa knows how to write characters that you can't help falling in love with! We've gotten to meet Beckett in little snippets of the first two books but it was awesome to get to really know him. Beckett is the reckless wild child of the family, he's always the one coming up with ideas and tends to charge into things without taking too much time to think it through. He's also the smooth talker, very good at talking his way out of and into things or convincing others to do things. Especially Kit, no matter the crazy idea she just can't seem to say no to him. Kit is Beckett's opposite in many ways, she likes to think things out and isn't one to just jump into things. But their differences are what made them so good for each other, he pushed her out of her comfort zone a bit and she kept him grounded. I loved how they started out as friends when they were kids and how even though it had been years since they'd talked, they still knew each other almost better than they knew themselves. Everything about their love story was adorably perfect and I loved every minute of it!
The orchard aspect was really unique and fun and it totally put me in a fall mood. It also was absolutely perfect to add to the Maple Valley charm! I adored visiting this fictional town again, something about it tugs at my heart and I want it to be real so I can move there and never leave.
It was also really great to see the characters from the previous books moving forward in their relationships.

I should probably stop my rambling and gushing now so I will wrap this up though I could keep going for quite awhile! This book had me smiling, laughing out loud, even crying and I loved every second of it! Every little detail was brilliantly crafted and simply beautiful!!! And now I'm dying to read the next book because I need to know what's going to happen with Reagan and Bear!

Meet the Author
Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl. She writes romantic comedies in the banter-filled style of her favorite 1930s and 40s classic films. Her second Walker Family book, Like Never Before, was named by Publishers Weekly to their spring 2016 "Religion and Spirituality" Top 10 list. When she's not writing she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa loves connecting with readers at www.melissatagg.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

I received this book free from the author in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

#1. Love Everlasting by Julie Lessman

#2. Newton and Polly by Jody Hedlund

#3. Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon

#4. Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

#5. Close to You by Kara Issac

#6. I'll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones

#7. Forever Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

#8. Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter

#9. No Way Up by Mary Connealy

#10. Hostage Run by Andrew Klavan

Monday, September 26, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #235

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
This was the happiest of reading weeks! Loved loved loved both of these!

What I am currently reading:
Both of these are fantastic so far! I had to put Love Everlasting on hold in order to get When Love Arrives finished before it's due date.

What I hope to read this week:
Really looking forward to this one!

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears

About the Book
While Lydia King's reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father's debts and her mother's persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task--to ask the town's wealthiest man to donate--seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.
Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they'll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align.

My Thoughts
I've been a fan of Melissa’s since I read her first novella and I have only gotten more impressed with her as I’ve read each of her novels. This is the first book of her second series and it got off to a great start!
Lydia and Nicholas were both very interesting and well written characters. Everyone sees Nicholas as stingy with his vast wealth because he never gives publicly to the church or any of the causes brought to him. But unbeknownst to the town he gives regularly and generously but he prefers to keep it all private and to decide exactly who it will go to. Lydia has a good heart but she's a bit naive. After striking their bargain Nicholas opens Lydia's eyes to the many areas of need including that of helping prostitutes escape the lives they never wanted or no longer want. They both had areas of their heart they needed to work on whether it was realizing that not everyone in the church is a hypocrite and that you can't save the world on your own, or learning to care more about following God and helping those in need than the way others view you. I loved watching their relationship, they were exactly what each other needed and their romance was quiet and sweet.
There were several characters in this book that I would have quite happily smacked but there were also a great number of lovable ones and together they made a wonderful story!
I loved the way the author clearly highlighted an area that can be hard to hear for some Christians. The fact that we are to be doers of the Word and not hearers only, we can't just assume someone else will be the one to help those in need, God calls us all to be His hands and feet and it is our responsibility to be His light in this broken world.
In closing I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and can't wait for book two!

Meet the Author
Carol Award-winning author Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian historical romance into the wee hours of the night. She's the author of the Unexpected Brides series and Love by the Letter, a free prequel ebook novella. You can learn more about Melissa, her books, and where she hangs out online at www.melissajagears.com

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Memes 9/23

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
How many years have you been blogging? Anything special you want to tell everyone about your experiences?

My Answer:
It will be 5 years next month! Nothing special to say.


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Brett Somers usually waited until after dark to take up his vigil outside the brick building. But not today. Despite the warmth of the early evening sun, he shivered when a light, bluer than a clear summer sky, appeared through the rectangular panes of the ninth story window.
When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander

My Thoughts
Very intriguing beginning!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #220: Tangled Webs

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon
Revell-October 4, 2016

About the Book
After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not.
Bestselling author Irene Hannon draws readers into a web of psychological suspense where danger lurks in dark corners . . . and keeps them captive until the very last page.

Why I Want It
Uhh it's Irene Hannon that's all the reason I need! Plus these McGregor brothers are too much fun and I can't wait for Finn's story!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Top Ten Songs That Make Me Turn Up the Radio

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week was all about audio and since I really don't like audio books I decided to go the music route! I am almost always listening to Christian music or Country so here are 10 of my current favorites from each genre that I get excited about when they come on my radio! I guess that makes this a top 20!

Christian 

#1. Thy Will by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

#2. Mended by Matthew West

#3. Call it Grace by Unspoken

#4. Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson

#5. From the Day by I Am They

#6. Ever Be by Aaron Shust

#7. Priceless by For King & Country

#8. The River by Jordan Feliz

#9. When I'm With You by Citizen Way

#10. Breathe by Jonny Diaz


Country

#1. Move by Luke Bryan

#2. Head Over Boots by Jon Pardi

#3. From the Ground Up by Dan & Shay

#4. Church Bells by Carrie Underwood

#5. Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett

#6. Dibs by Kelsea Ballerini

#7. It All Started With a Beer by Frankie Ballard

#8. Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

#9. Snapback by Old Dominion

#10 My Church by Maren Morris