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

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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
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