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Blog Tour: “Dreams and Devotions” by Sarah Holman

D&D Blog Tour

Hello readers! Today I am taking part in the release blog tour for “Dreams and Devotions”! As you may have seen, I reviewed this book a short time ago – you can read that review here, if you’d like.  And now, for today’s post!

 

Some dreams will be dashed, and their devotion will be tested.

Dara’s life is full of farm work and worries, especially now that her older brother is a priest in a far off city. Yet she still has time to dream of the life she hopes will someday be. She dreams of marrying her dear friend and the worries of her family ending. Now, the selfishness of one person threatens her very way of life.

Dresden’s initial excitement about living a life devoted to the service of God quickly is dashed on the rocks of reality. The life of a priest is nothing like what he imagined. To make matters worse, he finds out his family back in his home village is on the brink of disaster. Torn between his vows and his love for his family, what will he choose?

 

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About the Sarah

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Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of many published books and short stories. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.

Find her at http://www.thedestinyofone.com

 

 

 

 

 

Stops on the blog tour:

July 8

Bookish Orchestrations ~ Faith Blum

July 9

His Princess Warrior ~ Katie Hamilton

July 10

In the Book Case ~ Tarissa Graves

Jessica Greyson ~ Jessica Greyson

July 11

Gods Peculiar Treasure Rae ~ Raechel

Read Another Page ~Rebekah Morris

July 12

Whimsical Writings For His Glory ~ Jesseca Dawn

Shannon McDermott ~ Shannon McDermott

July 13

The Page Dreamer ~ Deborah O’Carroll

July 14

Knitted by God’s Plans ~ Kendra E. Ardnek

With a Joyful Noise ~ Amanda Tero

Once Upon an Ordinary ~ Kate Willis

July 15

Jaye L. Knight ~ Jaye L. Knight

 

 

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“Father, Forgive Them” by Sarah Holman ~ Book Review

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“Father, Forgive Them” by Sarah Holman

A Resurrection Story

 

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

 

About the Book:

Jonathan was happy that this blasphemer would die. His only regret was that the Romans, not his people, would carry out justice. Yet, his world is rocked with a few words spoken from the cross.

A 5,000 word short story

 

 

My Thoughts:

This was a very short story about the death and glorious Resurrection of our Savior. It was a very touching story, as we are reminded the power in the empty grave – He is alive, and has forgiven all. Beautiful message, and well written for being so short!

Posted in Book reviews, Revell Reads

“Under a Summer Sky” by Melody Carlson ~ Book Review

“Under a Summer Sky” by Melody Carlson

Book Three in the Follow Your Heart Series

Review copy from the publishers through Revell Reads Program

My Rating: 2.5/3  out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn’t long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who’s determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole’s close childhood friends–who also happen to be brothers–vying for her attention.

With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!

Bestselling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites readers to spend the summer surrounded by beauty and tantalizing possibilities for the future.

 

My Thoughts:

There was some aspects of this book that I enjoyed, and some that I did not. I also didn’t know this was the third in a series (the review program didn’t say I don’t believe), but it seemed to stand on its own just fine.
High school art teacher, Nicole, is from Seatle but accepts a summer job managing a gallery for a family friend down in Savanna. She is charmed by the southern town, and enjoys the scenery but her summer isn’t without difficulties as she deals with a co-worker and possibly un-wanted attention from a once-upon-a-time crush.
What I liked: The gallery. This actually surprised me, because art isn’t really my thing, but I found the scenes where she was working very interesting. I liked Ryan right away, and Bernie was a good character too. Possible SPOILER—-  I liked Nicole’s relationship with Ryan the best – that and the gallery is what mainly kept me reading; to find how where that led. END of SPOILER.
What I didn’t like: I wouldn’t catagorize this as a Christian book – pretty clean yes, but not necessarily Christian – it’s one of those books that the author is Christian, so a character may “say a prayer” real quick, but it is devoid of any true faith, which I find disheartening.
I didn’t care for Alex, but that is a personal preference I suppose. However, the love-triangle thing was a bit annoying – not as bad as I first expected though, so at least there was that. And what bothered me the most besides the missing faith (which is the most important element of a book in my opinion) was the almost obsessed fascination and acceptance of ‘ghosts’. Those are not something to play around with, because even what they described as ghost occurances are often  demonic. They made light of the whole ghost thing, making it a ‘cutesy’ part of the story, but I just don’t agree with that. While I do not believe in the “ooooh ghosts!”, I do believe the reality of demons.
In conclusion:
This book was an easy read – I was able to read it in just a couple sittings. And it does hold your attention pretty well, but for me it was more of a ‘fluffy’ book than anything.
(Also bummed they didn’t include Vivian’s return in the story – I would’ve liked to read how that went!).
Posted in Books, Random babblings, update

June Recap

I have a hard time believing it is already July, but so it is. Crazy. June was a very busy month life-wise and book-wise for me, but please forgive me if I don’t go into too much detail as I’m a bit drained and can’t remember a lot of details at the moment. :)

 

Oh, my blog here (and I) was interviewed recently on Inkwell Inspirations! You can check that out here, if you’d like:

 

And shall we continue on with this post with books?

 

I read a total of 9 books, I believe. Which is a great many for me. Those books were:

The Destiny of a Few by Sarah Holman  The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale   Infinite Tuesday by Michael Nesmith   Courage and Corruption by Sarah Holman   High As the Heavens by Kate Breslin   Dreams and Devotion by Sarah Holman   The Destiny of a Galaxy by Sarah Holman   Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson   If Ever I Would Leave You by Susan May Warren

If I’ve posted my review of the book, clicking on the image will lead you to that review.

Which was my favourite, you might ask? Hmm… Probably “High as The Heavens” by Kate Breslin and “Dreams and Devotion” by Sarah Holman. :)

 

As for books I got over the month:

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These are my current review books. As you can see from the top list, I’ve already read “Under a Summer Sky” and will be posting my review within the next day or so. This month will be filled with more book reviews, so prepare yourselves. ;)

 

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Yes, that is a Chik-Fil-A calander in the background. No, I have not had the pleasure of eating there yet, but my dearest darling friend was so kind to share this calander with me because she didn’t need it! And I love calanders. And cows. Really love cows.

 

So yes, more Susan May Warren books this month. :D I mean, she’s a Minnesotan author. Of course I need her books! ;)

Most of these books I got online, and I won the book “Arise to Fall” and the little tan book beside it that is related to this book, so that’s fun. So many good things to read!

 

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And this is just a pretty picture, because I’m excited about finally buying this book, and I love bottles. Those are not the only ones in my collection, but I shan’t be sharing a picture of that here. ^.^

 

As for life…we’ve been very busy. My nephews have spent a lot of time here, which keeps us well-occupied. :) We’ve also been dealing with a predator problem again. Night after night whatever it is was getting chicken after chicken till we went from 12 to 8. And they weren’t easy catches either – we lock our chickens up every night. Whatever it was tunneled under or found a way through the top. We’re not actually entirely sure…

Dad put a trap out and we did get a skunk, and the trail camera we set out has captured plenty of raccoons, and then we also found a dead small weasle in the barn one morning – the cats must’ve gotten it.  One night after 10pm we had a run in with whatever creature had returned, but it ran off into the darkness behind the barn before Dad could get it. Not a good situation! But we did recently get 13 more layers, and so far we haven’t lost anymore. Praying it stays that way!

June was also filled with several bad storms, one leaving us without power for a whole day. But we “weathered” that out. :)

 

And if you’ve made it this far in this long post, here’s a reward picture of my baby kitty having to sit by my record player. She placed herself there…

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How has your June been? Have you read any of the same books as I did in June? :)

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Cover Reveal! “A Question of Courage” by Jesseca Wheaton

Hello! Today I am taking part in a cover reveal! Isn’t that exciting? I love seeing book covers. :) So without further ado, let’s see this one!!

 

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About the Book:

 

A man. A decision. A destiny. 

Rafe Sullivan never imagined the war would come to his doorstep. But when Pearl Harbor is attacked and America’s focus suddenly shifts to the pacific, he finds he can’t ignore the problem anymore. 
Leaving the life he loves behind, he joins up to do what he does best. Fly. 
Yet, nothing could have prepared him for the horrors of war, and the struggle that is going on in his own heart. As an outstanding navy pilot, he is stationed on one of the few Pacific carriers. But could God be calling him to step out in faith, and go beyond the call of duty? 

Lily Wilson gives her all to help the hurting community around her. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the war is brought home to many American families. And as a nurse, she longs to be able to relive some of the suffering. Yet, her own grief is still fresh in her heart, and though she’s made the decision to get on with her life, she can’t seem to leave the past behind. When healing at last comes, the guard she placed around her heart slowly begins to crumble. 
But when she receives the news she hoped she would never again hear, can she trust that God’s plan is always right?

Arthur Warrington saw the Navy as an escape from the life he left behind. And it seems good for him. He is able to forge new friendships and distance himself from his past. But when his best friend makes a decision that rocks his world, he is left grappling with the question: what is true courage? 

Three lives. One War. And a search for the Courage to go on.

 

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About the Author:

Jesseca WheatonJesseca is a 19-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home. Though, being in the sky is pretty awesome, too.

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