Thursday, October 26, 2017

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Christmas Grace by Jennifer Moore, Krista Lynne Jensen, Anita Stansfield, & Chalon Linton


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"Let Nothing You Dismay" by Jennifer Moore

After their childhood friendship blossomed into love, one young couple's whirlwind romance ended in bitter disappointment. Now, years later, can a long-overdue Christmas gift heal two wounded hearts?

"Christmas at Canterwood" by Krista Lynne Jensen

A charming new governess is determined to create a magical Christmas for her young charges. What follows is a season of warmth, laughter, and even the promise of an unanticipated love.

"Winter Angel" by Anita Stansfield

For generations, one small London bakery has carried on the sweet tradition of delivering bread to the impoverished. When the lovely baker meets a down-on-his luck stranger, her kindness will open the door to a bright friendship—and an astonishing discovery.

"Christmas Grace" by Chalon Linton

After suffering a heartbreaking loss, one woman returns home to honor the family tradition of staging a Christmas celebration for the surrounding village. But when a severe snowstorm hinders her plans, help and hope find her in the most unexpected of ways.

REVIEW

I have a special fondness for Christmas stories.  And a little romance never hurts. ;) Each of these four stories takes place during the Regency era and involve romance at Christmastime, two of my very favorite things.  No wonder then that I thoroughly enjoyed these stories of love and the power of the Christmas season.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: 100 Favorite Verses from the Old Testament by Shauna Humphreys

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Studying—and truly understanding—the Old Testament can feel like an insurmountable task. But in this wonderful compilation of 100 of the most beloved Old Testament verses, author Shauna Humphreys reminds readers that this sacred book of scripture is brimming with treasures of wisdom for those prepared to seek them. Presented with complementary spiritual insights, vibrant explanations, and personal applications, each verse will motivate readers to delve into these sacred and powerful teachings as never before. Whether used in personal study or incorporated into family discussions or Church lessons, this inspiring volume is sure to enlighten the mind and stir the heart.

REVIEW

In this compilation of gospel thoughts and insights, Humphreys has created a beautiful, thoughtful look at some of the most powerful verses from the Old Testament as well as from the Pearl of Great Price. Each scripture is highlighted on two pages with commentary from the author that includes additional scriptures as well as quotes from LDS Church leaders.  The design of the book makes it a wonderful choice for gift-giving with the soft, padded cover, gilt pages, and included bookmark.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Safe House by Traci Hunter Abramson


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he guardians, the shadowy heroes of the top-secret program designed to protect members of the most elite government organizations, are being hunted down one by one. There is a single explanation: a traitor must be embedded somewhere in their midst. But if they themselves are the target, who will protect them?

CIA operative Renee Niezen has heard tales of the guardians, though she's never really believed in their existence—until she is approached by Charlotte, an old friend who desperately needs her help to stop the systematic destruction of the guardian program. Renee accepts the plea for assistance, but not everyone is thrilled to have her on the team. Kade—one of the last guardians standing—is unimpressed with Renee's qualifications and turns instead to the legendary Saint Squad for help. But when Renee is caught in the crosshairs, Kade must set aside his antagonism for the woman in order to protect her. Their grudging alliance soon develops into much more—but before the pair can examine their feelings, their investigation takes a dramatic twist. With lives on the line, Renee and Kade must use their spy training at every turn as they draw dangerously close to the shocking truth.

REVIEW

Abramson knows how to write a thriller.  I always have to take a deep breath after I've read one of her books.  I also feel grateful that I don't live the life that her characters do.  Renee, a CIA analyst, is asked by an old friend to help out a secret government program.  When she agrees, she has no idea that it will put her life at great risk.  Her efforts to help the guardians leave her working with Kade, an operative who is none to happy to have her around.  But as they work together to find out who is targeting them, their feelings start to develop.  Unfortunately, Kade's status as a 'ghost' means that the world thinks he's dead, complicating any relationship they might contemplate.  In addition, Kade is used to operating alone most of the time and doesn't have an easy time opening up.  With the help of the Saint Squad, Renee and Kade must discover who is out to destroy them before it's too late.  With plenty of interesting twists and turns, Abramson has written an entertaining and suspenseful story.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: For Love or Honor by Sarah M. Eden


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From the moment they met, Marjie's heart has belonged to handsome Captain Stanley Jonquil, younger brother of the Earl of Lampton. But six long months ago, when Stanley's sense of honor required that he do as he had sworn and return to the Continent to fight in defense of King and country, neither Stanley nor Marjie could have dreamed what the cost of his service would be.

It has been ages since Stanley last wrote, and Marjie and the Jonquil family are plagued by his unknown fate—until the day he unexpectedly reappears. Marjie's joy, however, is quickly shadowed by confusion—the aloof, battle-worn soldier before her is not the man he once was. In the wake of Stanley's blatant disinterest in renewing their acquaintance, Marjie's devastation turns to determination as she vows to help him find peace. But his scars run far deeper than anyone realizes. Despite his feelings for her, Stanley believes Marjie deserves a man whose hands are not stained with the violence of battlefields and whose mind and heart are not haunted by the horrors he has seen.

Honor requires Stanley to return once more to the life he has grown to despise, one he knows will destroy him in the end, even as his heart beckons him to stay with Marjie, the only woman he could ever love, and the promise, at last, of redemption.

REVIEW

Sigh of happiness inserted here.  Sarah Eden has written another fabulous book.  I've become rather attached to the Jonquil brothers over the years so I was delighted to pick up this book about Stanley, the 5th of the seven brothers.  Stanley's had a hard time of it serving in the army.  With a compassionate heart, having to kill people has eaten away at his soul.  And the injuries he suffered at Waterloo haven't helped any.

Marjie fell in love with Stanley when they first met almost a year ago when he was home recuperating from a previous injury.  But after six months of no letters, she wonders if he still cares for her.  And when Stanley arrives home unexpectedly in poor health and refusing to discuss the war, her fears seem to be confirmed.  But Marjie isn't ready to give up quite yet and her determination to help and Stanley's need of some hope bring the two together again.  But Stanley's honor won't let him back out of his commitment to the army and he refuses to expose Marjie to the things he's seen and experienced.  So it may just be that their feelings for each other may not be enough.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  I found it impossible not to cheer for Stanley and Marjie. Both characters had their struggles but they sincerely cared for each other and it's obvious.  Through in the rest of the Jonquil clan and you have a delightful book that still manages to be hopeful despite some rather heavy themes related to war, loss, and secrets.  If you enjoy reading clean regency romances, I can heartily recommend this one.

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