Thursday, November 8, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Gem Thief by Sian Ann Bessey


ABOUT THE BOOK

Gracie Miller is a small-town girl who has landed her dream job in New York City. As jewelry designer for one of the most prestigious jewelers in the world, she completed a particularly stunning piece, a custom setting for a large pink diamond. But when her billionaire client Mrs. Katsaros comes to repair a minor issue with the setting, Gracie is horrified to realize it is not the ring she created. Someone has forged her design, and the priceless diamond is gone.

Mrs. Katsaros has no desire to bring media attention to the jewelry heist, so she recruits her nephew, Quinn, and his FBI agent friend, Steve, to do some sleuthing off the record. When they discover that the missing ring is just one of many forgeries in the widow's collection, they look to Gracie for help. They need her to act the part of Quinn's fiancĂ©e. From the lights of New York to the shimmering islands of the Mediterranean, Gracie is swept into a thrilling hunt. But amid the search for the elusive thief, she and Quinn find themselves increasingly distracted by their growing feelings for each other. What neither realizes is how close the danger lies and how serious the vendetta is—because, apparently, it is worth killing for.

REVIEW

My life has been so crazy lately that I haven't had time to finish this book.  But I've enjoyed what I've read so far.  Bessey has a knack for creating sympathetic characters along with interesting plotlines.

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*Nov. 9th: http://www.iamareader.com/, https://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/, https://www.wishfulendings.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/


Monday, October 29, 2018

UPCOMING FILM SPOTLIGHT: THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN 2: FIRE OF FAITH


FILM SYNOPSIS: 
TOSOH2-1-Family Waving.jpgTHE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN 2: FIRE OF FAITH continues the epic true saga of Elder John H. Groberg's missionary adventures in Tonga as depicted in the eponymous Disney-distributed hit film of 2001. Whereas the original movie detailed Elder Groberg's first mission to Tonga in the 1950's as a 19 year-old bachelor, the sequel tells the inspiring true story of his return to Tonga in the 1960's with his wife and five young daughters to serve as President of the Tonga-Fiji Mission.
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 Shortly after arriving in Tonga, John's wife, Jean, becomes pregnant with their sixth child, a boy who is born with a serious illness that threatens to end his tiny young life. In fact, the boy is born too weak to be evacuated to another country with medical care sufficient to properly diagnose and treat him. 

TOSOH2-5-6.jpg With their child's life on the line, John and Jean face the ultimate trial of their faith only to find themselves enfolded in the love and prayers of thousands of Tongans of various religions who unite in a nationwide fast for the health of their little boy. Barriers of inter-religious strife are broken down as all unite in hopes of a miracle that will save the Groberg baby boy's life, as well as that of the son of a non-Mormon Tongan minister who has been beaten within inches of death for religious reasons.
Director's message:
When I made the first "Other Side of Heaven" movie 17 years ago, I never imagined it would spawn an Academy Award winning actor's career, nor that it would be distributed in DVD by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.  Neither did I imagine that, all these years later, it would spawn an ambitious sequel.

Like the original film, this new movie tells the true story of Elder John H. Groberg's missionary adventures in Tonga, only this time he is returning with his wife, Jean, and their five young daughters.  His second mission proves just as dramatic and transformative as his first, as does the second  film depicting that mission.  Thanks in advance for watching!
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Lady of Astoria Abbey by Anita Stansfield


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Bess leads a quiet life, intent on easing the burdens of her widowed father. She acts as maid, cook, and assistant in his medical practice—but she is wearied by the thankless work and her father's lack of kindness. And then a miracle happens. Lady Agatha Buxton of Astoria Abbey is seeking a physician for her ailing son, Hugh, and, sensing that Bess is trapped in her situation, offers the young woman a position as nurse. Despite Bess's father's objections, she accepts—and her life is forever changed.

Bess and Hugh enjoy an immediate bond of friendship, which quickly blossoms into love. Despite his dire prognosis, the couple makes the bittersweet decision to wed, embracing what little time they have. Their tender union ushers in a season of both joy and heartbreak, and Bess discovers greater meaning in life than she'd ever imagined. As she's confronted with the sorrow of living without Hugh, Bess finds herself at a crossroads—will she have the courage to trust her heart and allow herself to love again?

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*Oct. 12th: https://brightlystreet.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/


 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

REGENCY ROMANCE: Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack


ABOUT THE BOOK

Lord Elliott Mayfield has done his best to take care of his family, first his siblings and now his nieces and nephews. Unfortunately, he sees this new generation moving in the same direction of bad matches and scandalous relationships as the last. In hopes to change their course, he establishes a "marriage campaign" to motivate them to improve themselves through making respectable matches. With his heart in the right place, what could possibly go wrong?

Peter, Elliott's eldest nephew, thinks the entire idea is ridiculous. A widower with two young daughters, he simply needs a governess, not a wife. Julia Hollingsworth certainly has the credentials and the experience, but is altogether too young and pretty for such a job. So why can't he stop thinking about her?

Julia loves working as a governess, despite the objections of her mother, Amelia. And as it turns out, Amelia has a lot to say about the Mayfield men—none of it good. But Julia dismisses the rumors of ruined reputations and instead concentrates on helping Peter with his children and his fledgling business in canine husbandry. His kindness and gentleness is endearing—and increasingly attractive.
But Amelia, whose heart was broken thirty years ago by none other than Elliott Mayfield, is determined to prevent any relationship from blooming either between Peter and Julia—or between herself and Elliott.

Hearts and history collide as both couples must face their pasts and decide if risking it all is worth the promise of new love and a new future.

REVIEW

Josi Kilpack has a gift for writing books with a lot of heart.  In this story of 'promises and primroses', the two main characters have no intention of falling in love when they meet.  Peter Mayfield just needs a governess for his two daughters.  And Julia desperately wants a chance to make her own decisions about her future.  When they meet at a job interview, Peter is surprised by the attraction he feels to Julia.  As a result he doesn't hire her.  But after his other options don't work out, he seeks her out of necessity.  When Peter discovers that Julia happens to share his passion for dogs, his attraction to her continues to grow.  But as things continue to develop between them, circumstances beyond their control impact their changing feelings.  Peter's Uncle Elliott has come up with a scheme to fix his families' reputation and it involves encouraging his nieces and nephews to marry well and rewarding them accordingly.  Peter wants nothing to do with it, but his Uncle is determined to see his Peter happily remarried regardless.  In addition, it turns out that Julia's mother and Peter's uncle used to court thirty years ago, and Julia's mother, Amelia, still maintains bitter feelings about it.  Amelia has no intention of allowing her daughter to work for, let alone fall in love with a Mayfield.  With Uncle Elliott's and Amelia's interference getting in the way, will Peter and Julia find a way to make their relationship work?  I enjoyed this book immensely.  The book read easily as all Kilpack's books do.  And her characters, even when doing unlikable things, still manage to be sympathetic and believable.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Creating Your Forever Family by Rachel A. Sullivan


ABOUT THE BOOK

It has been decades since the family proclamation was first presented to members of the Church by President Gordon B. Hinckley. But despite the passage of time, the counsel provided in the family proclamation is ever more vital in these tumultuous last days. Creating Your Forever Family is an indispensable resource, providing practical application of the nine principles outlined in the family proclamation. Featuring counsel from Church leaders and stories of these principles in action, this book offers ways to incorporate these values into everyday life, from interview questions designed to help kids open up to the game night ideas to fun family dinner conversation starters. Families will be strengthened as each member gets involved in the discussions and applications. Now is the time to fortify families and truly embrace the principles of this great proclamation.

REVIEW

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*Sept. 21st: http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Long Journey Home by Sarah M. Eden


ABOUT THE BOOK

From Sarah M. Eden, the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, LONG JOURNEY HOME is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.


Widowed by war, Maura O’Connor has raised her son alone under the weight of poverty in the unforgiving slums of New York City. That harsh and difficult life has taken a toll on them both. Desperate to save her son from the misery around them, she moves them both to the tiny western town of Hope Springs, where her late husband’s family lives, hoping that the decade of silence between them does not mean she and Aidan will be rejected outright. Her son needs family, and she would endure anything to see him happy.


Ryan Callaghan has worked the land belonging to the late Granny Claire for years, dreaming of one day claiming it as his own. Living in his brother’s home affords him no freedom, no stability, no joy. The arrangement is even harder on his mother, whose health is quickly deteriorating. A risky investment in the land has finally begun to pay off, and he is at last in a position to secure a better future for them both. When use of the home is, without warning, offered to a newly arrived widow and her son, that future is entirely uncertain.


Both Maura and Ryan desperately need the Claire farm, for their own futures as well as those of the loved ones who depend on them. Neither can remain in Hope Springs without the house and land, but only one can claim it in the end.
 
LONGING FOR HOME SERIES

Longing for Home
Hope Springs
My Dearest Love
Love Remains
Long Journey Home

REVIEW

Sarah Eden's Hope Springs series is one of those series that pulls you in and never lets you go.  You can't help wanting to visit again and again.  In this addition to the series, Maura O'Connor discovers that her failing health threatens to leave her son an orphan.  Her desperation leads her out west in search of her dead husband's family.  But she's uncertain of her welcome, not having heard from them in years.  She's stunned to be offered a home to stay in while she figures things out.  But she isn't expecting to be contending for use of the home with Ryan Callaghan who has worked the land around the house hoping to eventually own the place himself.  But as the two get to know each other, feelings start interfering with their efforts to build their own futures.  Eden has once again created a tender story of struggle and despair mixed with hope and love and family.  A wonderful addition to the series.

SARAH'S LINKS


Sarah M. Eden on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahMEden/

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Friday, September 7, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Shipbuilder's Wife by Jennifer Moore


ABOUT THE BOOK

The day of her parents' garden party dawns bright as Lydia Prescott eagerly anticipates a marriage proposal from a handsome and wealthy plantation owner. The lovely debutante plans to steal a moment away with her beau, but her plans go terribly awry. Instead of her intended, she is joined by a stranger—the largest man she's ever laid eyes on. And it is clear Jacob Steel is there for reasons far more sober than the party. With British raids erupting all around them, it is his job to reassure plantation owners of their safety. In reality, however, Jacob is an espionage agent, and the truth is dire: America is on the verge of invasion by the British.

Blissfully unaware of the danger surrounding her, Lydia basks in the glow of her recent engagement. But her joy is short-lived—a surprise British attack results in a devastating wound, and her plans for the future are shattered. Lost in her devastation, Lydia could never dream that Jacob, that giant of a man she met so briefly, would prove to be her saving grace. And with a war raging around them, she may be called upon to save him too.

REVIEW

Another fabulous read by one of my favorite writers.  Not only does Moore capture the ups and downs of romance well, but her historical details are great.  In this story, our characters end up married because of an injury that Lydia sustains during an attack by the British during the War of 1812.  The hero is working as a spy for the United States but doesn't dare tell his new wife because he doesn't know her well enough to fully trust her.  His frequent absences and sometimes strange behavior confuse Lydia, especially as her feelings for Jacob start to grow.  Developing a loving relationship is challenging under the best of circumstances, doing it in the middle of a war is even more tricky.  Especially when Lydia comes from a family where looks are most important, and Jacob's past makes it hard for him to trust anyone.  Once again, Jennifer Moore has written an interesting historical narrative with flawed by lovable characters and plenty of twists and turns.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Aligned with Christ by Toni Sorenson


ABOUT THE BOOK

Is there a sure way to know what you're doing is what the Savior would have you do? Best-selling author Toni Sorenson's inspiring series, including Defined by Christ and Refined by Christ, has motivated audiences to assess and strengthen their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Now, the author invited you to be aligned with Christ and learn to turn mind, body, and will to the Savior and to claim the peace that comes from the assurance that you're truly in tune with heaven.

For those struggling to strengthen their relationship with Jesus and for all who are striving to withstand mortality's feelings of unworthiness and hopelessness, this volume provides a simple, scripturally rich roadmap intended to lead you on a joyous journey of self-examination—to assess your own spiritual alignment, to reroute when necessary, and to come to know the love of the Savior—not just when you reach your desired destination but along every step of the way.

REVIEW

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*August 31st: http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com


Thursday, August 23, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Short Investigations by Clair M. Poulson


ABOUT THE BOOK

In the sleepy town of Heber, a strange 911 call is made to report an unthinkable crime: someone has murdered a woman . . . and her body has been found in Rhett Ketchum's barn. Rhett, a well-known rodeo cowboy, is placed firmly at the top of the suspect list—the only problem is, he's innocent. As officers search tirelessly for the evidence needed to lock him up, Rhett takes matters into his own hands.
Max and Patches Fisher are the father-daughter duo behind the unconventional PI firm Short Investigations, and they agree to undertake the task of proving Rhett's innocence. Soon the list of suspects begins to grow, and Rhett feels a glimmer of hope—and an undeniable attraction to Patches. But when the officers on the case become targets themselves, it seems they may be the ones in need of protection. As events take a deadly turn, it's up to Max and Patches to uncover the truth before time runs out.

REVIEW

This is another suspense from Poulson who does such a nice job with his law enforcement stories.  This one revolves around a detective agency called Short Investigations because of the lack of height in the owner (less than 5-feet-tall).  Rhett Ketchum is called home from his rodeo tour when the dead body of a former girlfriend is found in his barn and he's reported as the murderer.  Taking the advice of his attorney, he hires Short Investigations to help prove his innocence.  With a rival working as a deputy determined to see him arrested for the crime, Rhett is understandably nervous.  What he doesn't expect is to be caught between his attraction to Patches Fisher, one of the 'short' investigators, and Detective Kori Davis.  But when attempts are made on their lives, it becomes clear that romance has to take a back seat until the the perpetrator is caught.  As always, Poulson's law enforcement details are spot on and interesting.  The twists and turns that the case takes makes for entertaining mystery.  The inclusion of an old cold case involving the investigators from Short Investigations makes for an interesting side story.

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*August 24th: https://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/, http://brooklynberrydesigns.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/ 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Anna the Prophetess by H.B. Moore


ABOUT THE BOOK

Anna the Prophetess is the dramatic chronicle of the only woman to be called prophetess in the Gospels. When Anna's great-niece Julia is exiled to Jerusalem as punishment for her refusal to marry a man old enough to be her father, Anna shares the story of her early days of courtship with her husband. Although Julia's parents admonished her to observe firsthand how lonely Anna's life is, Julia instead discovers that her great-aunt's life is far from lonely—it is full of love, peace, and incredible faith.

As Anna shares her unwavering testimony of the coming Messiah with her great-niece, these two faithful women are changed forever as they seek the Lord's will in their lives and joyfully witness the long-awaited miracles of Christ's birth.

REVIEW

I totally forgot about this blog tour so I haven't read the book yet.  But I'm looking forward to it.  Moore's biblical fiction is excellent.

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