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“The Inn at Hidden Run” by Olivia Newport ~ Book Review

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The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport

Book One in the Tree of Life series

Review copy through publishers

My rating: 4 out 5 stars

About the Book:

Meri’s family has been producing doctors for so many generations that no one remembers why, so when she flunks out of medical school, she runs as far from her parents as she can get. In the small mountain town of Canyon Mines, Colorado, she takes a job at the Inn at Hidden Run B&B. And waits. It’s only a matter of time.

What she doesn’t count on is genealogist Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father, Nolan, having her back when it takes everything she has not to bolt again but to stay and face the truth that only unfolding her family’s history will reveal. While Nolan works on keeping Meri calm–and in town–Jillian pulls out of her gems of information she doesn’t know she has and arranges the puzzle pieces.

But none of that changes the fact that Meri’s family is closing in to haul her back to her “real” life. When their arrival inflames tensions and Meri finally does bolt, Nolan and Jillian may be out of time.

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

I love the cover of this novel – so attractive! And the title is drawing, too. :) The backcover blurb threw me off a little once I started the book – I thought I was embarking on a journey mainly through character Meri’s POV, but she never actually got her own POV, and while her story was the mainplot, I’d say the central characters where more so Jillian and her father Nolan. Whom I really enjoyed, I was just a little confused at the beginning.

All of the characters were really well written, and I think I have to say that Nolan was my favorite. ^.^ His character was light-hearted, yet meaningul with a great sense of humor.What I also didn’t know going into this book is that it is a time-slip novel, so we also delved into a historical time period which was also fascnating, and also heartbreaking as it dealt with the serious epedemic of yellow fever.The conclusion of the two stories and how they were threaded together was equally well-done, and I enjoyed seeing its completion!All in all, this was a very interesting book, one that I enjoyed, and I would look forward to reading more of this series.

 

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

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“Shanty by the Sea” by Kelli Pizarro

 

Shanty by the Sea

“Shanty by the Sea” by Kelli Pizarro

Novella

Review copy from the author

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About the Book:

Scarlett Cooper’s goals in life up to this point have been simple enough: run The Little Latte coffee shop by day and finish a novel-in-the-making by night. When her creative writing juices dry up, she visits the local bookstore for inspiration and leaves with a flier promoting an upcoming writer’s retreat in Cape Cod.
When announced as a winner, Scarlett crosses the state line from New Hampshire into Massachusetts. What she doesn’t realize is the retreat is themed The Great Writers of History, and she has been selected to play the part of starving artist Charles Dickens.
Hilarity ensues as Scarlett dresses in costume and competes against two fellow writers playing the parts of Jane Austen and William Makepeace Thackeray, spends her nights in a tiny shack on a cliff overlooking the sea, and finds herself developing feelings for a local man hired to tend to the retreat pet: a decrepit donkey named Janet.
Although things at the retreat don’t run as smoothly as Scarlett had hoped, and the competitive nature of the other writers tests her in a way reminiscent of Job who lost half his donkeys (one of which was probably named Janet), she learns that no amount of adversity is worth letting go of one’s dreams.
 

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

I loved how this book was written. It was very witty, and fun, and easy to follow along with. I was already laughing by the first page, and I really liked the main character, Scarlett! The plotline of her going to a writer’s retreat was great fun and I felt indignant against some of the things that happened to her too – got rather involved. ^.^

The only thing that I wasn’t quite as in love with was the romance – I admit I was expecting a different ending, and while this ending was sweet, I had hoped for a different result (aka, love-interest). The romance was written well and I did like it, I just was kind of surprised by the turn it took in the second half when I rooted for a different turn. :) But yes, very fun, clean story, and I really liked the author’s writing style – would love to read more by her in the future!  Plus the cover is beautiful!!

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“Babel: The story of the Tower and the Rebellion of man” by Brennan S. McPherson ~ Book Review

 

Babel: The Story of the Tower and the Rebellion of Man

“Babel” by Brennan S. McPherson

Biblical Fiction

Review copy from the author

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the book:

A sweeping, epic retelling of the story of the Tower of Babel. . . 

More than a century after the worldwide flood, Noah, now the forefather of the living world, works peacefully in his vineyard until tragedy tears apart his relationship with his son, Ham. 

Years later, dark prophetic dreams inextricably link him with a young man carrying scars from a painful past, and a young woman who longs for acceptance yet harbor secrets darker than either of them imagine. 

Will Noah face the role he played in the slow unraveling of his family? Or will everything collapse when they meet the evil attempting to swallow the world at. . . the Tower of Babel?

 

My Thoughts:

 
I love Biblical Fiction, but I can’t say I’ve ever read any centered around Noah, or the Tower of Babel. Therefor this was a unqie story, and written with delightful talent.
Everything leading up to the fall of the Tower of Babel was so fascinating and the characters themselves so complex.
I felt it was a very good representation of an event we don’t read a lot about in Biblical Fiction.
There was a lot of pain, and growth, and understanding even amidst a time of turmoil.
There were a couple aspects that were disturbing, as they deal with the utter darkness and depravity of pagan-worship and what happens when a person turns so wholeheartedly away from the Almighty. But they were written well, and necessary to the storyline.
Truly, this book was very fascinating, and I enjoyed reading it and seeing how it all unfolded. The ending thread of redemption was lovely, and I felt I became attached to the central characters through the reading of it.
Definitely will be reading more from this talented author!
(I’d also like to add that I appreciated the “note from the author” in the beginning very much – I always respect when an author turns everything back to God. )
Recommended for ages 18+
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“Finding Lady Enderly” by Joanna Davidson Politano – Book Review (I loved it!!)

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“Finding Lady Enderly” by Joanna Davidson Politano

Review copy through the publisher/author as apart of the launch team

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

I loved this book, so so much. It meant so much to me, the message and everything, because it is something I am learning too – my identity in Christ. During the reading of it, I even wrote a poem that, if Rania were real, I’d love to share with her. I will include it at the end of this post, but first read on for the description of this beautiful book and my “official” review! :)

 

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About the Book:

Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London’s east end when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley and offers her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady. Things she could only dream of might be coming true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

Though Raina has traded squalor for silk and satin, something about the abbey is deeply unsettling. As she wrestles with her true identity, the ruin, decay, and secrets she finds at the heart of the old mansion tear at her confidence and threaten to reveal her for who she really is. Only one man stands between her and the danger that lurks within–and only if he decides to keep her biggest secret hidden.

 

 

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My Thoughts:

 

Oh my word, this book. Wow. It floored me in its gentle beauty and remarkable message. It is no coincident that I read it when I did, and took my time to savor it, for the message lined up with what God has been showing me lately, and that just blessed me so much.
I fell so utterly in love with this story, that it will long remain on my favorites shelf. How it is written is so beautifully smooth and captivating, and the plot was fantastic as well, with characters that will just sweep you off your feet.
Truly, I don’t know how I could write a review that would do this book justice. I loved it so much. Dear sweet Rania went through such a journey. And that ending! Not quite what I was expecting, but so much better and full of redemption. Gorgeous prose, amazing characters, and truth about identity that is sure to bless any reader who stumbles into its pages.
The absolute heart that is woven through the story is touching, and that it all shines back to our Creator, is astounding. I’m so in love with this book and its characters. The author did a beautiful job, and I am in awe of her ability to turn it all back to God. <3
I marked SO many places in this book that it would be nearly impossible to share them all. I so badly wanted to make a graphic for each one, but our computer has been so slow that I’m not sure I can even get one made. But the quotes were fantastic and I will savor them for a long time. Hopefully I can get them typed up soon and perhaps I will devote a special post to them in the near future. :)
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My Worth // by Raechel Lenore
I’m building my courage
One strand at a time
I’m lifting my head
by the inch
Healing can come
not all in a wave
but in soft whispers of strength
A Change slowly happening
A change still occuring
My eyes ever upward I raise
Coming to learn
and coming to know
that I reside in a place of grace
Beauty and truth,
they shine from within
they rely not upon another soul
I need not look to another’s face
to know my worth is whole
A crown slowly forming
upon my head
I let it there reside
Not knowing its strength
yet feeling its weight
I’m learning to accept it as mine
My worth to you I do not owe
My worth secure within me
I used to look towards anothers face
to change what grew so simply
Freedom’s glance
feels just wihin reach
and I’m starting to stand taller now
Knowing I am enough on my own
this truth is a new beginning, allowed.
I’ll raise my head another inch
I’ll lift up sparkling eyes
I’ll look into my reflection close and say ‘You are dignified.
My Father has put His crown on you
to His children He has given all
The garments are complete on you
Dignified and without pall
Raise up, you daughter of courage
raise up and continue to mend
Your worth is not held by anothers hands
Your worth is found in Heavens stead
You are worth
all on your own
You are worth and enough
You are a beauty
a pearl all desired
treasured by heavens touch.’
My worth is not measured by others opinions
my worth does not fluctate by anothers whims
My worth cannot be tossed by the wind
when I’ve found it secured within.
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I do ask that you respect that this poem I shared belongs to me and is copyrighted as such. I would be pleased as punch if you wanted to share it linking back to me, just please don’t steal. :) Thank you!!
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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!