Monday, July 28, 2014

A Broken Kind of Beautiful... a book review

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ISBN: 978-1-60142-590-4
Fiction / Christian / Romance
Publish date: April 15, 2014




Publisher's Description:


Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong 
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white.

If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the fa├žade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?


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Katie Ganshert has written a story that so many women can relate to... me included.  If people (and God) knew the real me, who would like/love me?  There is at least one character that you will be able to relate to.... Ivy - broken and beautiful, Davis - cannot forgive himself, Sara - realizing a new dream, and many more.


Read Chapter 1 HERE.


For more information on this wonderful, gifted writer, slide on over to her own website.


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.... a solid A+


I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.


Blessings,


     Ellen

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hideaway Cove... a book review

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Hideaway Cove (Windfall Island, #2)
Hideaway Cove

Windfall Island Series, #2

Available July 29, 2014

ISBN-13: 9781455525393

(note: mature romance)



Only weeks after someone tried to kill Maggie, the mystery only deepens.  If Maggie isn't the lost Stanhope heir, then who is?  A genealogist, Holden Abbott, is brought to the remote island of Windfall to sort through the family trees to shed light on what really befell the baby nearly a century before.

Jessica is Maggie's business partner and manager of the charter service.  As Holden digs into the island's past, the passion between he and Jessica ignites.  Will she open the door to him even though she was burned by the last man in her life? 

As the mystery (and romance) deepens, unlikely Windfaller's return to the island.  Are they friend or foe? 


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars / A


Pick up Temptation Bay by Anna Sullivan and continue the mystery with Hideaway Cove.  You won't be disappointed!

I received a complimentary e-copy of Hideaway Cove from NetGalley for my honest review.

Ellen

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Danger at the Border... a book review

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Harlequin: Love Inspired Suspense
Available: September 2, 2014
ISBN: 9781460339329


Publisher's Description:


When a mysterious toxin threatens lives and livelihoods near the border between the U.S. and Canada, Dr. Tessa Cleary is called to trace the source. But when the no-nonsense doctor is forced to work with border patrol agent Jeff Steele, she finds the lone wolf's dedication to his job—and country—chipping away at the walls around her heart. Just as Tessa and Jeff are about to uncover the toxin's deadly source, armed thugs kidnap them in the forest. Now they must trust each other to survive before time runs out for everyone. 


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Danger at the Border is a fast paced novel filled with unexpected twists and turns.... and maybe some romance!  Right from page 1 the reader is introduced to the main characters as they begin to unravel the mystery surrounding the lake.  As much as Tessa desires to work alone, Agent Jeff Steele states he will be joining her on her investigation.  What begins as a search for the poison ends with Tessa and Jeff fighting for their lives.


My rating:  4.5 stars out of 5

A


I enjoyed the book and was sad when it ended.  Terri Reed did a wonderful job weaving the action, suspense, mystery, and romance throughout the story.  I look forward to reading her future books - the Capitol K-9 Unit book April 2015 and more Northern Border Patrol series books.


Blessings,
    
     Ellen

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Amish Blacksmith... a book review

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Series: The Men of Lancaster County, #2
Publish Date: August 2014
ISBN: 9780736957366


At 24, Jake Miller is ready to settle down and begin a family.  His plan seems to be coming true - courting the beautiful Amanda, completing his apprenticeship at a farrier (shoeing horses), and working on the side as a "horse whisperer."


When his boss' niece Priscilla returns home after 6 years, he is asked to reintroduce her into the Amish circle of friends her age.  What seems like a simple request puts Amanda into high gear as matchmaker.  Will Priscilla decide to remain home or will she return to Indiana and a possible engagement to an older Amish man?


This book enlightened me on the business of farrier and horse show competition.  Mindy Clark and Susan Meissner have introduced the reader to a handful of faithful Amish who only desire to please God and live a simple life.  But, nothing is simple when broken hearts and budding love are involved!

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

B+


I enjoyed the book; yet, I was not surprised at the outcome.  This is a good "curl up in your favorite chair and enjoy the story" book.


I received a complimentary e-copy of The Amish Blacksmith from NetGalley and Harvest House Publisher for my honest review.


Blessings,
   
     Ellen

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Appalachian Serenade... a book review

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Series: Appalachian Blessings
ISBN: 978-1-44126-498-5
Bethany House Publishers
Publish date: June 4, 2014
Genres: Christian, Romance, Historical

Set in 1945 West Virginia, Delilah returns home to WV after her husband died prematurely and deeply in debt.  While she tried to stay in Chicago, Delilah had a hard time keeping work since the soldiers were returning home and reclaiming their lives.

To keep from being a burden on her sister and brother-in-law, Delilah seeks work to help the household.  When she visits the local store to learn of any jobs, Robert Thorton hires her to work alongside him. 

The novella is only 115 pages long, but it carries the reader down the path of God's dream for your life.  The main characters need to discern following God's path or their own for their lives.  Will they choose God's direction?  When do you know when you are following God or your own desires?

Sarah has written a well-thought out novella introducing the readers to characters who continue in the series.  We are given an inside look at the difficulties of life after the war and how, even the smallest details, are planned by God.  I enjoyed meeting these new friends and look forward to reading the first full novel Miracle in a Dry Season soon.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

A

Currently, you can download a free Kindle download of Appalachian Serenade HERE.  I'm looking forward to reading Miracle in a Dry Season in August 2014!

I received a complimentary e-book from Bethany House Publisher for my honest review. 

Blessings,

    Ellen

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Deadly Business... a book review

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by Lis Wiehl with April Henry
Series: A Mia Quinn Mystery, book 2
Publish date: June 10, 2014
Thomas Nelson Publisher
ISBN: 978-1595549044

After the untimely death of her husband Scott, Mia Quinn is slowly adjusting to a “new normal” with her two children.  She was surprised by the amount of debt her husband had hidden from her.  Now, as she juggles her career as a prosecutor and single parenthood trying to keep the creditors at bay, Mia learns that keeping her family safe is the only thing that matters. 

As Mia delves into a new criminal case including juveniles, homicide Detective Carlson shocks her with his thoughts on her husband’s death – it was not an accident.  Can Mia and the detective uncover any clues pertaining to her husband’s death 7 months later?  Why would anyone want to kill an accountant?  Was Scott into unethical behavior when he died?

From the first paragraph to the last, the action jumps off the page.  In typical Lis Wiehl style, the reader is pulled into the action and story line quickly and effectively.  Lis weaves the two story lines so well – the case involving juveniles and they mystery behind her husband’s death.
Another great read from Lis Wiehl with April Henry!

Out of the 9 books that Lis Wiehl has written I have read 6 of them includes all three from The East Salem Trilogy, Eyes of Justice from The Triple Threat Series, and the first Mia Quinn Mystery series A Matter of Trust.  The three I have not read are on my bookshelf to read.  Yes, her books are that good that I buy each in print!

My rating: 5 stars of out 5

A+ in my book!

I received a complimentary copy of A Deadly Business from Thomas Nelson Publisher and their BookLook Blogger Program for my honest review.

Blessings,

   Ellen

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hannah's Courtship... a book review

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by Emma Miller
Series: Hannah's Daughters
ISBN-13:   9780373878895
Publish date: May 20, 2014
Love Inspired


As a widow, Hannah continues to raise the last of her 8 daughters.  Her youngest, Susanna, has Down's Syndrome.  Yet, she wants to court like all her sisters did.  While Hannah is trying to model proper Amish behavior, she is acknowledging feelings for the local veterinarian, Albert.  Albert feels the same way about Hannah, but knows their two different faiths stand in their way - Old Order Amish and Mennonite.


Can Hannah and Albert court and marry?  Does Susanna acknowledge her limitations where courting and keeping house are concerned?


Emma Miller has told a wonderful story of love and family.  Although this book is part of a series, I fell right in step with the characters and story.  Great read!


I received a complimentary e-copy of Hannah's Courtship from Love Inspired and NetGalley for my honest review.


Blessings,


   Ellen
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