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“Protecting the Poor” by Amanda Tero ~ Book Tour

This week signals the completion of the Tales of Faith series!

ABOUT THE BOOK
 
Sheriff Feroci is now lord over the province, and Abtshire has become a pit of injustice. Being forced into the lord’s service does not give Dumphey as many opportunities to help the poor as he desires. When attempts on his life drive him into the forest, this freedom opens a world of possibilities for helping others. But how can he do so when he is running for his life? And does God want him to do more than simply feed the poor?


Noel has always hidden behind the shadow of his older brother, Dumphey. When life forces him to stand on his own, will he still follow God in the corrupt world in which he lives? Would God really call him to do something that is beyond his power to do?


As Lord Feroci’s sinister plot comes to light, each lad has a choice to make. A choice that could cost them their lives.

 
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My Review:

 

This was an exciting and meaningful retelling of Robin Hood. It’s been a while since I read the first two books in this series, but it was fun seeing familiar names.
Noel was my favorite character – he was so gentle and soft-spoken. He struggled with fear which I understand. He was just a sweetheart.
Dumphey was a valiant character as well, and following along his journey was enjoyable.
What I like best about this series is how godly and clean they are, while still being very enjoyable. The faith message is always paramount to the story, and the content clean and wholesome. Finding books that I can recommend to younger readers is a rare pleasure, and it’s great when they can also be enjoyed by older readers as well!
I enjoyed reading the conclusion to this series, and definitely recommend them!

 

 

 
GIVEAWAY
It wouldn’t be a release party without a giveaway! One U.S. Winner will receive the complete paperback Tales of Faith series, and one International Winner will receive the complete eBook series.
 

 

About the Series
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About the Author
Amanda
Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her
hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she
has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing
craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she
had written for her sisters and continues to add to her collection with other
short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that
which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a
deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
Connect with
Amanda
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com
 
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BLOG TOUR

A group of wonderful book bloggers has joined me in celebrating the release week of “Protecting the Poor.” Almost every post has something different, so be sure to check them all out!!

Monday – August 26, 2019

With a Joyful Noise – Protecting the Poor Release Post

Life of Heritage Corner – Interview, Review, Giveaway

Great Books for God’s Girls – Interview, Review

Peculiar Miss Darcy – Interview

Honey Rock Hills – Review

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations – Spotlight, Review, Guest Post

Tuesday – August 27, 2019

We’ve Got Pockets – Review

Maidens for Modesty – Giveaway, Guest Post

A Brighter Destiny – Spotlight

Wednesday – August 28, 2019

Soldier Girl Stories – Interview

Purposeful Learning – Spotlight, Guest Post

Thursday – August 29, 2019

Rachel Rossano’s Works – Spotlight, Guest Post

In My Bookcase – Review, Giveaway

Friday – August 30, 2019

Losing the Busyness – Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Resting Life – Guest Post

Saturday – August 31, 2019

Blossoms and Blessings – Spotlight, Review, Guest Post

Verbosity Reviews – Spotlight, Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Review

Reading on the Edge – Spotlight

Monday – September 2, 2019

With a Joyful Noise – Giveaway Winner Announced

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“Deadly Intentions” by Lisa Harris ~ Book Review

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“Deadly Intentions” by Lisa Harris

Romantic Suspense

Review copy through the publishers

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Research scientist Caitlyn Lindsey is convinced that someone is taking out her team one by one. First, a friend and research partner was killed in a home invasion. Three months ago, her boss died in a suspicious car accident. Four days ago, another partner supposedly committed suicide. And now Caitlyn herself has miraculously survived a hit-and-run. Afraid for her life with nowhere to turn, she reaches out to one of the victim’s husbands, Detective Josh Solomon.
Though initially skeptical about Caitlyn’s theory, Josh soon realizes that the attack that took his wife’s life was anything but random. Now the two of them must discover the truth about who is after Caitlyn’s team–and what their end game is–before it’s too late.
In this nail-biting thriller, award-winning author Lisa Harris will have you believing that there’s no such thing as random.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

Lisa Harris writes some suspensful suspense! Her Nikki Boyd series is by far my favorite of her books, but “Deadly Intentions” would be a close second. The plot moved swiftly and smoothly, keeping me on the edge of my seat. I had to know what was going to happen! I read the first half in one sitting, and wished I could’ve done the same with the last half. :)
It was pretty much non-stop action – and so much danger! A thick plot of deceit and not knowing who to trust…with well formed characters who carried out the story with ease.
The overall plot was my favorite aspect of the book. I liked the characters and their romance story well enough, but the suspense was definitely my favorite part!
The faith message was present but not very strong – I would have liked it to have been a bit more evident, but it wrapped up nicely.
If you’re a fan of exciting, dangerous, and captivating suspense you’ll want to pick this book up. :)

 

 

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*I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.  

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“A Glitter of Gold” by Liz Johnson ~ Book Review

 

A Glitter of Gold (Georgia Coast Romance Book #2) by [Johnson, Liz]

 

“A Glitter of Gold” by Liz Johnson

Georgia Coast Romance Book #2

Review copy through LibraryThing Giveaway

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

 

Anne Norris moved to Savannah, Georgia, for a fresh start. Now her pirate-tour business is flagging, and paying the rent requires more than wishful thinking. When she discovers evidence of a shipwreck off the coast of Tybee Island, she knows it could be just the boon she needs to stay afloat. She takes her findings to local museum director Carter Hale for confirmation, but she runs after a disastrous first meeting.

Carter has been searching for the location of the wreck detailed in the worn pages of an 18th-century diary, the discovery of which could open the door to his dream job at a prestigious museum. But convincing Anne to help him fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle is no easy task. And working with Carter means that Anne will have to do the one thing she swore she’d never do again: trust a man.

Finding a monetary backer and sticking with a search that’s turning up nothing will take all their dedication–and every secret they’ve tried to hide. If they can find the lost ship, they may discover a treasure worth more than all the pirate gold in the world–love.

My Thoughts:

 

Liz Johnson is quickly becoming an author whose books I don’t want to miss out on! This is my second book by her, but I can’t wait to dive into her previous works.
“A Glitter of Gold” was more than a good book. It told the stories of more than one real-to-life character, showcasing their realities and rawness in such a beautiful way.
Main character, Anne Norris, has a painful past she can’t seem to outrun. Throughout the novel, we see her trying to find freedom. Carter Hale is looking for his own sort of freedom and rescue. How their stories intertwine, and bond together with a story from the past is just lovely.
I *loved* the diary entries ending a majority of the chapters – they belonged to the story of the past and that story was just enthralling, and captivated my heart right from the start. I could picture the characters in my head so vividly, and I was just in love with it all.
The sweet and gentle faith message was well written, and I enjoyed seeing how the story tied up at the end. So good. <3 I look forward to continuing the series!

 

 

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“Underestimating Miss Cecilia” by Carolyn Miller ~ Book Review

Underestimating Miss Cecilia (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley Book 2) by [Miller, Carolyn]

“Underestimating Miss Cecilia” by Carolyn Miller

Book Two in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series

Review copy from the publishers

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Shy, sweet Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been in love with Edward Amherst, the boy next door. Yet he’s never seen her as anything but the quiet girl in the background as he flirts with the other vivacious women of the ton. 

When a near tragedy brings Edward’s attention to his family duties, this prodigal son decides he needs to settle down with a proper wife. Cecilia hopes to convince him to choose her—but God may want her to forget the wayward nobleman and put her future in His hands alone.

These two try to find their way toward happiness, but prejudice, political riots, and the changing face of England’s societal structures begin to block them at every turn. Can their struggles turn to triumph—or will their paths permanently diverge?

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

The cover of this book is charming. And the story inside even more so. The writing style, being very Jane Austen-y, was sometimes a little slow and at first it took me a bit to get into, but as soon as I got to know Cecilia, I was drawn right in. I found her exceedingly relatable, and shared her pain and her joys. Her faith was beautiful, and her humble, kind spirit delightful. She was very gentle, yet not without strength – she was passionate about the causes close to her heart, and her strength shone in many ways.
I felt for the journey of the heart she was on. At times, it felt similar to my own. And the lessons she learned, and embraced, were lovely and heartfelt.
There was a twist towards the end that I wasn’t expecting, but oh how it made the story grow and progress! That was rather exciting.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the hero, Ned. At first I was so frustrated with him (how dare he not recognize how special Miss Cecilia was?), but he quickly grew in my esteem of him throughout the novel, and I was rooting for him too.
The whole faith aspect was terrific, and I loved the message. While I haven’t yet read the last book in the series (though I hope to once it is released!) I think it might be safe to say that this one is my favorite. :)
Quotes:
“Oh, how she wished she could speak with him. How she wished to know his heart. Did he think on her, like she did him? Surely he must, if he prayed for her – prayed for her! Did not prayer entwine two hearts and draw them closer?” 
“She paused. How many times had she prayed such a thing? Oh, would this ceaseless yearning for him never heal? How long must she hold on to a dream that would never come true?
“Lord, how do I forget him? What do I do?”
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“For this friendship *had* been cultivated by God. She could see the times of growing individually, times when it would have been too easy to rely on each other instead of Him.”
*I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
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“Magic by Midnight” by Allison S. Bass ~ Book Review

 

“Magic by Midnight” by Allison S. Bass

The Librarian’s Chronicles Book 1

Review copy through the author

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

The adventure she always wanted
revealed a love she could never have.

Felicity, a young librarian, is certain her only adventures will come in the form of the books she reads. When her uncle reveals that the palace librarians have the secret gift of interpreting fairy tales, stories that control the fate of the kingdom, she is thrust into a new world of magic. Between rescuing Cinderella, charming a prince, and battling an evil force trying to sabotage the fairy tale, Felicity realizes orchestrating a happily ever after ending is going to take all of her wits.

However, it’s her heart that is put to the real test. She finds herself having to choose between her own happy ending or protecting the fairy tale she’s been tasked with completing. After the clock strikes midnight, Felicity discovers her world will change forever and some fates are stronger than magic.

Magic by Midnight (The Librarian's Chronicles Book 1) by [Bass, Allison S.]

 

My Thoughts:

 

 

I’d like to start off my review with a personal disclaimer of sorts. You see, in general I don’t read a lot of books that contain magic and especially sorcery. I admit that I am a pretty conservative reader when it comes to that.  I don’t like reading about sorcery, and that was my least favorite part about this book. It thankfully was not so heavily portrayed in MBM, and what was shown was clearly shown as bad.
Now, that being stated, I would like to say how exceptional the writing itself was. The author has remarkable talent, and I was completely swept away in this story. The characters were more than just characters, they were three-dimensional. Magic by Midnight captured my attention, and kept me rooted to the page – I had to know how everything would play out. I had my suspicions, but was surprised several times by various twists. And that ending…I wanted to possibly cry a bit. XD I definitely need to read the next book when it comes out because there just has to be more…is that really how it ends?! Inquiring readers need answers!
I loved Felicity – she was spunky. She could get a little head-strong at points, but I liked her character. And Alexander was amazing too – I loved their friendship so much. I also loved Jack, and dare to hope we find out more about his story in the next book too!
I have more I could say, but that would be spoilers so I will resist. ;)
It was a very fun book: clean, exciting, and adventurous. There were a couple scenes that were a bit creepy, and I don’t know that I’d watch it if it were a movie. XD Also, I’d add that if we actually had the responsibility in our hands to have to make sure our lives went according to plan – well, goodness, that would be stressful! As a Christian,I know that God is in control and what a relief that is – I admit I wanted to share that with Felicity so many times and then remembered she’s just a character in a book – not real…^.^
Again, I am impressed with the author’s writing talent. Captivating indeed.
*Thank you to the author for the copy of this book!! All thoughts expressed are my own.

 

 

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“Until The Mountains Fall” by Connilyn Cossette ~ Book Review

 

“Until the Mountains Fall” by Connilyn Cossette

Cities of Refuge series #3//Biblical Fiction

Review copy through the publisher

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband’s brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh’s head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.

Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but he never imagined his older brother’s death would mean wedding her himself. After her disappearance, he throws himself into the ongoing fight against the Canaanites instead of dwelling on all he has lost. But with impending war looming over Israel, Rivkah’s father comes to Malakhi with an impossible request.

As the enemies that Rivkah and Malakhi face from without and within Israel grow more threatening each day, is it too late for the restoration their wounded souls seek?

My Thoughts:

 

I have loved every one of this author’s novels, and this one was no exception!
“Until the Mountains Fall” is a beautiful story representing the parable of the Prodigal Son.
I will be honest, I didn’t like main character Rivkah in the beginning. She was selfish and rough, and rude. I was worried her character would alter little, and she’d still be one of those “so strong woman who doesn’t need any man at all ever. end of story.” But her story…her character arc was amazing. Truly, she grew and changed so much, it was beautiful and humbling. And happened so naturally. I’m not saying her character needed to change, but her attitude did, and wow. The result was well done.
Malakhi – he was amazing. A bit gruff for a while there but he did have reason to be. His personal journey was fantastic too, and how this whole story wove together was lovely. The redemption…the sacrifice…the love. Rivkah’s father was one of my favorite characters of this story. His devotion to his daughter was just astounding, and there was a scene at the end that had me crying. It was a truly beautiful representation of Jesus welcoming us back, accepting us, forgiving us, loving us.
The faith wasn’t so much spoken as it was shown in the undertones ~ the allegorical message to it was the heart of it.
This book spanned over several years and covered a lot. It was all done so well. And my heart was so involved. Another captivating read by the author!
“Our family was built atop the ruins of tragedy, Rivkah, each brick fashioned from mercy. You will find no stones in their palms.”
“There is nothing you have done or will do that will ever erase the love I have for you. It is enough that you have returned to me.”
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“My Dearest Dietrich” by Amanda Barratt – Review

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“My Dearest Dietrich” by Amanda Barratt

Review copy from the author/publisher

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

A staggering love illuminating the dark corners of a Nazi prison
Renowned German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is famous for his resistance to the Nazi regime and for his allegiance to God over government. But what few realize is that the last years of his life also held a love story that rivals any romance novel.
Maria von Wedemeyer knows the realities of war. Her beloved father and brother have both been killed on the battlefield. The last thing this spirited young woman needs is to fall for a man under constant surveillance by the Gestapo. How can she give another piece of her heart to a man so likely to share the same final fate? Yet when Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an old family friend, comes to comfort the von Wedemeyers after their losses, she discovers that love isn’t always logical.
Dietrich himself has determined to keep his distance from romantic attachments. There is too much work to be done for God, and his involvement in the conspiracy is far too important. But when he encounters a woman whose intelligence and conviction match his own, he’s unprepared for how easy it is to give away his heart.
With their deep love comes risk–and neither Dietrich nor Maria is prepared for just how great that risk soon becomes.
Based on detailed historical research and including photos from both Maria’s and Dietrich’s lives, this is a true love story at once beautiful and heartrending. My Dearest Dietrich sheds new light on a world-famous theologian . . . and the woman who changed his life.

My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost Love

My Thoughts:

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer left behind a remarkable legacy. I loved the look into his life that this book brought. Getting to know his “lost love” was an enjoyable story with a bittersweet end.
He was a man of stalwart faith, and reading about his life, even through fiction, is an encouragement! I marked several spots of his wise words. :)
While slow-moving at times, it was a good read. Not one to be rushed through.
My heart hurts for all the atrocities so many endured during WWII. And yet, what strength they showed, especially in their faith.
I didn’t particularily “bond” with Maria.  She endured a lot though, and grew much throughout her journey, I just didn’t care for her, personally.
But their shared letters were very fascinating, and their story sweet.
If you enjoy WWII fiction books that are real and down-to-earth, you’ll want to add this to your list. :)
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*I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.