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“Everything is Just Beginning” by Erin Bartels – Book Review

“Everything Is Just Beginning” By Erin Bartels

Revell Reads Copy

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Michael Sullivan is a talented lyricist and a decent guitarist, but since he was kicked out of his band (and his apartment), he’s not sure he’ll ever get a record deal. Living with his loser uncle in a beat-up trailer and working a dead-end job, Michael has little reason to hope for a better future. Until the invitation for a swanky New Year’s Eve party shows up in the mailbox. It’s for his uncle, with whom he shares his name, but his uncle is going out of town . . .

On the effervescent night of December 31, 1989–as the Berlin Wall is coming down, the Soviet Union is inching toward democracy, and anything seems possible–Michael will cross paths with the accomplished and enigmatic young heir to a fading musical dynasty, forever altering both of their futures.

Award-winning novelist Erin Bartels enchants with this story of two lonely souls who have exactly what the other one needs–if they could simply turn their focus from what is ending to what is just beginning.

My Thoughts:

The writing was beautiful and the characters were messy and real. I loved that.
I loved how the novel was told through Micahel’s point of view, and I also loved how his perception of life slowly changed throughout the course of the story. He was pretty hopeless at times, had a naturally negative inclination in how he viewed life, but by the end…it had shifted, and I thought it happened naturally and poignantly.
The deep way music was at the center of the novel was lovely. It was varied in its tone, and added so much depth to it all.
Main characters Michael and Natalie both wrote some of their own music, and what was so fun is that those songs were included in the novel – they weren’t just mentioned or eluded to, but written out, and I loved the creativity of that.
The spiritual thread wasn’t too strongly present. God was mentioned a couple times, and the message of hope was present, but I’d say the faith message as a whole was definitely more of a subtle undertone. I personally would have liked to have seen it be more integral to the story.
That aside, “Everything is Just Beginning” was an enjoyable novel and I’m glad for the opportunity to have read it!(Also side note here about the cover – the texture is so cool! The guitar strings stick up and I love that!)
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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“Yesterday’s Tides” by Roseanna M White ~ review

“Yesterday’s Tides” by Roseanna M. White

Dual timeline WWI/WWII

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About the Book:

In 1942, Evie Farrow is used to life on Ocracoke Island, where every day is the same–until the German U-boats haunting their waters begin to wreak havoc. And when special agent Sterling Bertrand is washed ashore at Evie’s inn, her life is turned upside down. While Sterling’s injuries keep him inn-bound for weeks, making him even more anxious about the man he’s tracking, he becomes increasingly intrigued by Evie, who seems to be hiding secrets of her own.

Decades earlier, in 1914, Englishman Remington Culbreth arrives at the Ocracoke Inn for the summer, but he doesn’t count on falling in love with Louisa Adair, the innkeeper’s daughter. When war breaks out in Europe, and their relationship is put in jeopardy, will their love survive?

As Evie and Sterling work to track down an elusive German agent, they unravel mysteries that go back a generation. The ripples from the Great War are still rocking their lives, and it seems yesterday’s tides may sweep them all into danger again today.

Bestselling and award-winning author Roseanna M. White whisks you away to two periods fraught with peril in this sweeping and romantic dual-time tale.

My Thoughts:

“Yesterday’s Tides” follows two timelines, one story set in World War One, and the other set during World War Two. They are connected by shared family, different generations, and the stories weave together in a beautiful way.
As always, the author’s writing style is superbly done, and flows seamlessly.I enjoyed both timelines, but the WWI story was my favorite. I thought that Lousia and Rem’s story truly jumped off the pages and drew me to the heart of their story particularly. But oh the frustration! Haha, it was well written, but there were definite moments where I wanted to shake the characters or yell at them even though they are fictional. XD 
I also loved how many elements from the author’s other books were woven into this novel in both timelines. It was fun to see familiar characters! There were times when I did have a bit of a difficult time switching between the two stories, but I do think that is because I’ve always had a bit of a hard time with dual timeline stories in general.
The characters were written with beauty and care, as I’ve come to expect from author Roseanna M White.
I’m excited to share this novel with my sister, who is currently devouring all of the author’s works as fast as she can.^.^

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts expressed are my own.

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“In Love’s Time” by Kate Breslin

“In Love’s Time” by Kate Breslin

WWI Fiction

Review copy from the publisher as apart of the Launch Team

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

My Thoughts:

I so enjoyed this novel! Author Kate Breslin is very talented at writing a story that is certain to capture a reader’s attention.

We were first introduced to the main characters Marcus and Clare in the novel, Not By Sight, but we get so much more of an in depth look into their lives and story with In Love’s Time. 

It has been a while since I’ve read “Not By Sight” so admittedly some of their details are a bit foggy in my mind, but I was able to follow along pretty well in this book, and I loved getting to know the characters anew.

The plot is captivating, and written so well. Set in WWI, there is plenty of intrigue and mystery, wondering which characters you can trust. 

While the reality of amnesia would be quite terrible, I always find it interesting to read about and see how it plays out in novels, so that aspect intrigued me too.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed In Love’s Time, adore the author’s writing style, and valued the poignant messages woven throughout the novel. Definitely recommend for fans of historical novels with great depth and characters!

I received a complimentary copy of the novel from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts expressed are entirely my own.

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“The Lost Melody” by Joanna Davidson Politano ~ Book Review

“The Lost Melody” by Joanna Davidson Politano

Revell Publishing

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

When concert pianist Vivienne Mourdant’s father dies, he leaves to her the care of an adult ward she knew nothing about. The woman is supposedly a patient at Hurstwell Asylum. The woman’s portrait is shockingly familiar to Vivienne, so when the asylum claims she was never a patient there, Vivienne is compelled to discover what happened to the figure she remembers from childhood dreams.

The longer she lingers in the deep shadows and forgotten towers at Hurstwell, the fuzzier the line between sanity and madness becomes. She hears music no one else does, receives strange missives with rose petals between the pages, and untangles far more than is safe for her to know. But can she uncover the truth about the mysterious woman she seeks? And is there anyone at Hurstwell she can trust with her suspicions?

Fan-favorite Joanna Davidson Politano casts a delightful spell with this lyrical look into the nature of women’s independence and artistic expression during the Victorian era–and now.

My Thoughts:

“Inside every quiet person is something very big, and whoever has the patience to gently coas it out will be rewarded with its splendid display of beauty.” 

The author manages to write yet another breathtaking tale of beauty, hope, and light in the darkness.

I wish I had the time to read this astounding novel over a shorter period of time, but even so, I truly enjoyed The Lost Melody, and there were so many facets to the story as well as the characters. So many spots where I took a moment to pause and think, and so many quotes I had to mark to remember.

The music theme throughout the novel was utterly lovely and added such a fascinating history as well. There were many times of heartbreak and life in the Victorian-aged asylums could be difficult to read about at times, but again, the author expertly wove in the message of hope and light in that darkness, and it was masterfully done.

“Music is not a cure for broken bodies- you shouldn’t expect that – but a balm for broken souls.”

The Lost Melody is a stunning novel but in soul and cover, and it was a pleasure to read.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review, and all expressed are my own.

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“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” by A.M. Heath ~ Book Spotlight

I’m pleased to be joining the Blog Tour for “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” by A.M. Heath with a spotlight post! Dont miss out on the exciting giveaway, as well as the ebook sale for book one!

Book Description:

Can a cozy inn at Christmas transform the troubled hearts seeking refuge there? 

Pregnant and alone, Alissa Hill moved to Garland, Tennessee to help at her aunt’s inn. When a guest brings her hidden past to the inn’s door, she must decide whether to face it or continue to run. 

A career-ending injury ruined Stephen Powell’s life plans. Now a former NFL kicker, he’s searching for a new purpose while recovering at the Cheery Inn. But those at the inn may offer him much more than he expects. 

Sparks fly when Alissa and Stephen meet, but secrets and regrets may keep them apart unless they can learn to forgive and move beyond their brokenness. 

Read this heartwarming Christmas romance today!

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About the Author: 

Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, ladies’ Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and a retired cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.

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“Shadows Over Whitman” Series by Gina Holder ~ Review

I recently had the lovely opportunity of reading the Shadows Over Whitman series by Gina Holder, and today I am sharing my reviews for each book. If you enjoy well written books about related characters and great faith messages, I certainly recommend this series!

About the Book:

She’s looking for her birth mother. He’s looking for a thief.
Will each find what they are searching for?

Paige McDonald, an avid book collector, discovers a forgotten Bible. When the Bible reveals that she was abandoned on the steps of a fire department, she begins a journey to search for her birth mother.

Hamilton Bryant, a Patrol Officer, has sworn off romance, reserving his passion for the town he’s sworn to protect. When Paige’s arrival in Whitman coincides with random thefts and threats against the mayor, Hamilton is compelled to investigate the newcomer.

When the danger gets personal, can Paige save her reputation before she ends up in jail for crimes she didn’t commit?

My Review:

“No Greater Love” is a great start of this series, and I was easily brought into its pages. 

Well-written, I was especially impressed with the level of mystery and danger that was portrayed in such a good amount. Really, the story was all very nicely balanced, and I really enjoyed getting to know these characters. Paige McDonald is searching for her birth mom, which turns out to be rather complicated. Meanwhile, her own past threatens to get her in further trouble, and when her paths cross with Whitman’s policeman, her life becomes a little more complicated. The faith strand was also really well done and an important element of the plot, which I greatly appreciated. Religion never was something Paige pursued, but God pursued her and wrapped her in His enduring love, which was a beautiful message.

Looking forward to continuing this series!

About the Book:

She’s running for governor. He’s a pastor.
Will they risk their lives to keep a secret?

Annie Staten, now known as Kathleen Phillips, has dreamed of pursuing a political career and following in her father’s footsteps. But Richard was a hated man during his tenure as governor and now his enemies will stop at nothing to prevent his daughter from winning the election.

Ryan Whitestone has loved Annie since high school, but his heart is broken by the woman she has become. When the daughter she gave up for adoption comes back into her life, can he help her heal from her pain and remind her of who she used to be?

Will Kathleen be able to forgive herself, put the past behind her, and find love again?

The continuing story of No Greater Love.

My Review:

I really enjoyed reading this next book in the Shadows Over Whitman series, and seeing how it continued after book one left off. A lot of the story themes were continued and resolved, and we get to see more from Katherine’s perspective, and a little of what her motives were for her often hurtful actions towards her family members and those she loved.
I’m not really a huge fan of politics and novels involving politics, so I would say the first book in this series was more of my speed than this one, however I did still really like the story, and once again, the mystery element was well written, and I was eager to see how it all transpired and worked together in the end.The theme of forgiveness was truly beautiful and so heartfelt. I loved and appreciated that. Katherine was a hard character, but I think that made her transformation even more touching and inspiring. I also really liked Ryan’s perspective thorughout the novel and what that added to the story. He still loved the woman he fell in love with, but also had to learn what it meant to truly love who she was now too. I thought that was a good touch to the story.
And now I’m all the more excited to see what the third book holds!

About the Book:

he’s a modern day damsel. He’s her self-appointed knight. Who will rescue whom?

Kylie just wants to run her café without people thinking she’s a damsel-in-distress. That proves difficult when a man claiming to be her half-brother reveals buried family trauma and forces Kylie to face the scars of her childhood.
Peter doesn’t mean to be a knight in shining armor, but as her proverbial big brother, he decides to uncover the truth about Kylie’s semi-sibling, while trying to make peace with his own mistakes.
Unearthing the past leads to a danger greater than either ever expected. In the end, who will rescue whom?

My Review:

I think this one might be my favorite of the series! I was already anticipating getting to know more of Kylie’s story from what we learned in the first two books in the Shadows Over Whitman series, so it was a treat to dive in.
Yes, Kylie is very trusting, maybe too much so at times, but she had such a tender and giving heart. I really liked how that was highlighted throughout the novel.
The mystery of the bad guy continued in Grace Immeasurable, and it was great to see how it all tied together in the end. There was a fair bit of danger and suspense but once again it was at a decent balance that never felt like too much or anything.
The romance was more on the subtle side but still very tastefully done and I thought it was a very sweet addition.
As with the first two, the faith strand was the most important part of the story and I loved that. It was a beautiful message.

All all, this series was a delightful experience, and I enjoyed getting to know these characters!  

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“Where the Blue Sky Begins” by Katie Powner ~ Book Review

“Where the Blue Sky Begins” by Katie Powner

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

After an accident brings businessman Eric Larson and eccentric Eunice Parker together, the unlikely pair spend more time with each other than they would like while facing challenges beyond what they imagined. As Eunice comes to accept her terminal illness, they both wrestle with an important question: What matters most when the end is near?

My Thoughts:

This is a beautiful and touching novel. Well written, it wasn’t hard to become involved in the story at once. This was my first time reading a novel by the author, but I appreciate her writing style and would like to go back and read her previous books now.

I loved all the characters and all of their quirks. Cinderella the chicken was also one of my favorite aspects of this story, and I would love to see some of the scenes from this book come to life. XD

Eric and Eunice are very different characters, and yet their lives become connected and they form a peculiar but very endearing friendship. What I particularly appreciated about each of them was their realness. Eric was very egoistic and shallow at first. Eunice also had her flaws. And yet…they were so genuinely human, and they both grew so much through this story in a realistic way. I loved that.

Where the Blue Sky Begins does deal with a heavy topic of the prospect of dying, but it is dealt with with care and love, and there was still himor woven into the pages at the right amount. It made me both think and laugh in equal measures.

And the ending – that was so cute. ^.^ 

Very glad for the opportunity to read this novel.
This book was provided courtesy of Bethany House through Interviews and Reviews for my honest opinion.

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“Worthy of Legend” by Roseanna M White ~ Book Review

“Worthy of Legend” by Roseanna M White

Book Three in the Secrets of the Isles Series

Launch Team Review Copy

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

After a summer of successful pirate-treasure hunting, Lady Emily Scofield and her friends must hide the unprecedented discoveries they’ve made, thanks to the betrayal of her own family. Horrified by her brother, who stops at nothing to prove himself to their greedy father, Emily is forced to take a stand against her family–even when it means being cut off entirely.

Bram Sinclair, Earl of Telford, is fascinated with tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table–an interest he’s kept mostly hidden for the last decade. But when a diary is unearthed on the islands that could lead to a secret artifact, Bram is the only one able to piece the legends together.

As Bram and Emily seek out the whereabouts of the hidden artifact, they must dodge her family and a team of archeologists. In a race against time, it is up to them to decide what makes a hero worthy of legend. Is it fighting valiantly to claim the treasure . . . or sacrificing everything in the name of selfless love?

My Thoughts:

The author does it again – creates another absolutely marvelous novel that I can’t get enough of. Worthy of Legend was beautiful. From its characters to its plot and the faith message in between, it was all displayed in such a lovely manner, and it was the perfect conclusion to this fabulous series.
Lady Emily really came into her own in this novel, and I absolutely loved seeing her flourish and discover her own strength, even when it looked different than her friends, different than what she thought strength meant.
And Lord Telford. What a loveable protective character in all his standoffishness XD In my review for the second book in this series, I stated how much I loved Sheridan, and now I don’t know how I’d choose between Sheridan and Bram if I had to. Good thing we readers don’t generally have to choose between beloved book boyfriends, right? ;)
There were so many excellent lessons to gather from the pages, and I tabbed so many spots. The historical side of the novel was also exemplary – to be honest, the legend of King Arthur was never one that particularly appealed to me, but I actually loved how it played a part in WoL! Especially in regards to Bram, that was a fun touch.
 Before I finish this review, I also want to add how I so enjoyed Tommie and Enyon’s story told among the pages too; they were so sweet, especially how constant Enyon was. There was plenty of adventure to be had among the pages too, with lots of treasure hunting.
Truly a fabulous book!

I received a copy of the book from the publishers as a part of the launch team. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts expressed are my own.

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The Last Way Home by Liz Johnson ~ Book Review

“The Last Way Home” by Liz Johnson

Book Two in Prince Edward Island Shores Series

Review copy from the publishers/Revell Reads

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the book:

A disgraced former NHL player and a local artist are thrown together when her pottery studio burns to the ground on the day he returns to Prince Edward Island. But as they work together to rebuild, their secrets will come out, putting even their hearts on the line.

My Thoughts:

I loved it! Liz Johnson writes some amazing books, and this was no exception. It was such a treat to return to Prince Edward Island and spend time with familiar and new characters, both. 

The Last Way Home is a prodigal-son story, and oh was it phenomenal. There were so many beautiful aspects woven into the pages, and my heart was touched more than once. I also teared up more than once, it was just so good. Beautifully written, with exceptional characters that were flawed, yes, but wonderfully real and redeemed. 

Violet and Eli were amazing. I’m not even kidding. I loved getting to know each of them  and seeing and understanding how their stories were shaped and affected, and how they grew together too. The healing and love they both found was truly well done, and I just enjoyed every minute spent inside these pages among these fantastic characters.

Great depth, warmth, and fantastic characters – I definitely recommend this book as well as this series <3

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts expressed are entirely my own.

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“Until Leaves Fall in Paris” by Sarah Sundin ~ Book Review

“Until Leaves Fall in Paris” by Sarah Sundin

WWII Fiction

Review book from publishers

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

About the book:

When the Nazis march toward Paris, American ballerina Lucie Girard buys her favorite English-language bookstore to allow the Jewish owners to escape. The Germans make it difficult for her to keep Green Leaf Books afloat. And she must keep the store open if she is to continue aiding the resistance by passing secret messages between the pages of her books.

Widower Paul Aubrey wants nothing more than to return to the States with his little girl, but the US Army convinces him to keep his factory running and obtain military information from his German customers. As the war rages on, Paul offers his own resistance by sabotaging his product and hiding British airmen in his factory. But in order to carry out his mission, he must appear to support the occupation—which does not win him any sympathy when he meets Lucie in the bookstore.

In a world turned upside down, will love or duty prevail?

My Thoughts:

As usual, the author’s writing style was impeccable in this one. Sarah Sundin writes the best WWII fiction, in my opinion, and Until Leaves Fall in Paris was filled with just as much interest and beauty as all the other books I’ve had the pleasure of reading by her.
It was particularly interesting to read about the war through the perspective of those in Paris during the time – I’ve read a lot of WWII books set in America, England, and even Germany itself, but I don’t think I had read one set in France before this. It brought a whole new view of it, and added another layer of depth to the history we’re so familiar with.
The characters came to life, and I truly loved Lucie, Paul, and little Josie. They were all spectacular, and I loved seeing how their lives intertwined and grew.
Lucie often felt that she was never a smart girl, having invested more years in ballet school than education, but she was brilliant, and I absolutely loved how it was shown that ‘smarts’ are in more areas than just math or typical education areas.
And little Josie was so creative herself. Her stories were darling.
That ending was also so perfect. There was a lot of danger and suspense towards the end, but how it all came to conclusion – perfect.
Very glad to have enjoyed another wonderful Sarah Sundin novel!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts expressed are entirely my own.