Book Love

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

            Jess is a makeup artist for Beauty Buzz and one evening she is doing the makeup of a college age girl. This girl gets a text during her makeup session about a paid study starting the next morning at 8am, which the girl says is too early. While out of the room, Jess grabs the girls’ phone for the information for the study and she goes herself.

            After a few computer sessions the psychologist behind the study wants to continue the sessions in person. The doctor, Dr. Shields, wants Jess to tempt her husband, who has cheated on her before, to see if he will do it again. Jess meets the doctors’ husband and sleeps with him before finding out that he is married to Dr. Shields and before Dr. Shields successfully sets the two up.

           But in this study on morality the tables are turned, but on who? And who will walk away from this? Who really holds the control here? And who is taken along for a ride?

 

I thought this was a rather good read. I like the twists and turns, and love the ending. I just feel that a few points, we slowed down a bit too much for my liking, droping it to four stars. 

 

Available January 8, 2019 St. Martin's Press 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

Nik is a freelance writer out at a Dodgers game celebrating her hot but dumb boyfriend's birthday with his friends. She is trying to get some work done using her phone when her boyfriend tells her to look up. on the JumboTron her boyfriend is proposing, "Will You Marry Me, Nicole?" He can't even spell her name correctly! He is a rather famous actor, so when the cameras start focusing in on them, she starts to panic. She doesn't want to marry this guy. Out of nowhere a guy and a woman show up and act like they know her, safely removing her from the whole thing and delivering her safely to her friends.

Over the next few weeks, Nik and the guy, Carlos become very good friends, in and out of the bedroom. But they both agreed to keep it casual, so when Carlos springs on Nik one morning that he loves her, she freaks out, again. It took her a couple of weeks, but while walking past the sour cream at the grocery store, her life gets put into perspective.

This is a fantastic romantic comedy. It's so cute, and funny, and I fell in love with Nik and Carlos! It can't be helped!

 

Available September 4, 2018 Berkley  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Lies by T.M. Logan

Joe and his four year old son are driving down the road one evening when his son spots his mom's car. Joe confirms it is, indeed, his wife's car. He follows her where she proceeds to meet with her friend's husband in a parking garage of a hotel. From there Joe's life starts spinning out of control. The police are looking at him for murdering the man in the parking garage, all the while the man in the parking garage is messing with him via text and computer. His home is broken into. He learns along the way that his life is full of lies, and just when he thinks he is starting to put it all together, new lies are brought out into the open. 

 

This was a fantastic story, so many twists! I was beyond shocked with where the author took this story, keeping me on the edge of my seat the entire time, then, "NO freaking way!!" Yes, this book is THAT good!!

 

Available September 11,2018 St. Martin's Press  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Girls' Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Lauren, Natalie and Ashley have been best friends for 20 years.  Natalie and Ashley even run a company together. But Lately, their friendship has not been very strong. So, the three head down to Tulum, Mexico for a week to have some fun and hopefully get their friendship back on track.

        But the trip is no fun, no one is getting along. Lauren's abusive husband died of a heart attack about a year ago. Natalie's husband made some bad investments, so she needs to sell the company. Ashley doesn't want to sell the company because it makes her so happy, so complete. Then Ashley goes missing. 

        We then go into what happened that night as Natalie's works through the drug induced black out of that night. Natalie and Ashley were arguing... 

        This is a fun, twisty book. Going back and forth from before the night and after the night, to lay the story out for the reader to see exactly what happened that night. The ending actually surprised me, I was really shocked with that! 

 

Available July 24,2018 Lake Union Publishing  🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Suzette has had health issues since she was a teen, Alex being one of her first and only real friends when she met right after college. They are soon married and pregnant with Hanna. They pregnancy comes with a whole bunch of problems, but suzette makes it through, delivering a beautiful dark haired baby girl.

Hanna is a wonderful baby, a perfectly well developing toddler.  She starts forming and saying words like momma and dada, but then stops.

As she grows older, she starts really acting mischievous, but never around her daddy. Mommy, yes, all the time, teachers too, but never around daddy. Hanna has been kicked out of 2 schools, and Suzette has been homeschooling her until they are referred to a school for kids with behavioral issues. Hanna is quickly kicked out after an incident with another student.

Hanna learns about a French witch, and starts talking to her mom as the witch, spouting spells in a rich French accent. She also leaves thumbtacks on the floor, burning her mom with embers from the fire pit. 

Very good story- very twisty, very nail-biting!!

 

Available July 17,2018 St. Martin's Press  🌟🌟🌟

A Refuge Assured by Jocelynn Green

Vivienne is a lace maker for the queen, Marie Antoinette. When the French Monarchy is overturned and the revolution begins, Vivienne is no longer safe in France.

She takes a journey to America, to Philadelphia, where she stays in a boarding house. A woman in the next room has a son about the same age as Louis-Charles, the boy king of France. The woman soon dies leaving her son, Henri, in the care of Vivienne, and they soon move to the refuge village that was built for the queen.

Vivienne very slowly falls in love with Liam, and Irish-American with his own revolution to fight.

 

Over all this, a really good story. A little too drawn out at points, and at others a tad confusing. Definitely worth the read, such a beautiful romance between Vivienne and Liam.

 

Available February 6,2018 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

That night something happened to Layla.

A decade later... Finn just proposed to her sister, Ellen. Until now, everything has been happy and peaceful.  Until now, she stayed away.

 

The 3rd book by B.A. Paris will have your mind spinning. She sucked me in yet again, and I loved it! She also wrote Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown, both available from St. Martin's Press.

 

Available June 19, 2018 St. Martin's Press  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Hears Entwined by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears

This book is four novellas:

The Love Knot by Karen Witmeyer is about Claire inheriting her newborn nephew delivered to her by her ex boyfriend who wants to make amends. Claire is stubborn and is having a difficult time with this, until she falls ill with fever and she sees just how deep his love and devotion are. This was a very lovely story.

The Tangles Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy has childhood friends, Conner and Maggie, in love and wanting everything. Maggie a doctor and Conner a rancher. But, can they really have it all? This story was so sweet.

Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings takes us herding camels across Indian Territory by Ambrosia, her father, and the all too amazing Private Bradley Willis. Just imagine all the dust these two kicked up! It was a very good read.

 

Tied and True by Melissa Jagears is about a wealthy Marianne and not so much Calvin. Calvin believes she deserves better and she won't make it as a poor woman. But she wants to show him what she can and cannot handle. This story was absolutely beautiful!

Available January 2, 2018 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟

Probing: Harbingers Cycle Three by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Ganksy

Brenda, Andi, Tank, the Professor, and Daniel are back for four more adventures together- off of which are circled around, as in the first two books, The Gate.

 

First we go to L.A. for the filming of a new T.V. show and find towers emanating some brainwave to bring out peoples anger and violent side.

 

Then we board a pirate ship, with everyday items like earrings, transmitting visuals to someone somewhere else as though they are viewing it through the eyes of the person there.

 

We then encounter strange kids with inky black eyes. Andi's pregnant neighbor's unborn baby is taken, but her amniotic sac is still intact inside of her. Andi ends up finding the baby in a field. The professor makes a strange disappearance here as well, a funeral is held with no body.

 

We finish up with our team, minus the professor, disappear from a small town diner and into Little foot's world. Turns out, this was happening a lot. They are aging rapidly, can the team figure out how to get home before they die of old age?

All three books in this series are available, all published by Bethany House. This is a fanominal Christian Sci-Fi series!

Available December 5, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Amber is in a coma. She is aware of what is going on around her, she can hear people talking and moving, until she slips away again. She struggles to remember what happened, how she ended up in a coma. No one around her is aware this. No one. We go back to the days leading up to the coma, dip back into her childhood, and come back to the coma.

Amber works at a radio station, hates her boss, and has no friends, except for Jo, her marriages hasn't been great lately, but her sister, Claire is always there for her.

We learn that Claire's through Claire's journals that she set fire to her house one night, at 10 years old, killing her parents, leading to her best friend, Taylor (AKA Amber) parents adopting her.

Amber's boss also happens to be Claire's biological aunt, who didn't even go to her own sister's funeral- just collected the money. Claire's wants her to pay. Amber gets her fired, for Claire.

Amber seemed to have been having a miscarriage, so Claire was driving her to the hospital, when she had an accident, landing Amber in the coma.

 

After finally waking from the coma, Amber plots revenge on Claire for all the havoc she has caused all these years. What does she do? Find out in this edge of your seat psychological thriller! 

Available March 23, 2018 FlatIron Books  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Out Of The Ordinary by Jen Turano

In this story we follow a young woman named Gertrude, whose parents died when she little, and she is now working as a paid companion for a Mrs. Davenport. This Mrs. Davenport has a nasty habit of stealing things and then having Gertrude discreetly return the items.  It seems as though this has happened several times successfully, but one day Gertrude is caught. While returning some of the items' to her friend, Harrison's boat, Harrison's mother mistakes her for stealing and has her arrested.

With quite an explanation as to why Mrs. Davenport does this in the first place, we slowly watch Gertrude and Harrison fall deeper in love with each other, although neither is admitting this.

It gets drawn out by one of Harrison's friends, Asher, claiming Harrison needs to provide romance, to woo her. Sweeping her off her feet onto a horse, which goes all wrong, putting his jacket over a puddle, only to go wrong as well. But, Harrison finally talks about it to Gertrude, and he provides the most romantic marriage proposal I've ever heard of!

 

This novel did start a little slow, but quickly picks up! A laugh out loud historical romance I couldn't help but fall in love with!

Available November 7,2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

Book 3 in the Cimaron Legacy Series!

The Bodens are back with the latest tale of adventure trying to save the Cimarron Legacy. We open in the gold mines on  the Cimarron Ranch, where an explosion has trapped some of the miners, and have killed others. Obviously, this was a planned explosion. But who? Why? As we go through the story of figuring out this puzzle, we watch the oldest Boden son, Cole, fall in love with lifelong friend, Mel Blake. Mel is trying to help Cole solve the mine issues, and she lives on the neighboring ranch. Cole's biological mother dies when he was little, and her parents were rich, lavishing it upon him, spoiling him, trying to control him. These grandparents set a dangerous plan in motion for someone else to take the Cimarron Ranch from the Bodens, Hattie June. Hattie was an actress who married another bad person, who is now dead, and she wants this ranch.

 

                While attacking Hattie June and her group of bandits are attacking the ranch house with the Boden women inside,  Sadie Boden's husband's brother shows up and suggests burning  the house down! The Boden men are trapped in the mine and unable to help...

Available October 3, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron & Elena Sharp

This book takes us through the account of 31 different women that are in the Bible, where, how, when they are all mentioned, a bit (and in some cases, all) that is known about them, and what we can learn from their roles they played. We visit Eve, the woman who started it all; Sarah, who laughed at the idea of having a new baby as an old woman; Ruth, the loyal daughter-in-law; Ester the strong queen; Mary, the mother of Jesus; her much older cousin, Elizabeth, who is the mother of John the Baptist. We look at the woman at the well, who was divorced a few times, currently living in sin, yet Jesus befriends her anyway ( He is SO loving!); the widow with only two coins, giving them both to God through the church; and we end with the hardworking Priscilla. There are some many more incredible stories in this book, which is very well written and formatted- each chapter ends with a few bullet point facts pertaining to that woman, as well as a few questions still nagging at the authors.

Available October 17, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟

Life-Changing Miracles Compiled by James Stuart Bell

This book is filled with miracles, big ones, small ones- all gifts from God. It is incredible to see God working in our lives, all He does, all He gives us, all He makes happen for us- or not happen. But it is exciting, thrilling even, to hear what God has done for other, and that's exactly what we get in this book.

We read of people coming to the Lord, health issues disappearing, tangible gifts and or signs from heaven, learning who you are, learning to be who you are, and prayer. Lots and lots of prayer! Because, how else are we going to have a chance to get what we want- what we think we need? We do not have because we did not ask, or maybe we asked, but we were doubtful. Boldness, crying out for Jesus- that is why ALL these miracles happened.

 

Similar to another book compiled by James Stuart Bell, Gifts from Heaven, we read stories by multiple Christens in their own words. My favorite was the mom wanting to reschedule her new baby's well visit but couldn't. That was seriously a diverted disaster!

Available September 19, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

What a beautiful historical fiction! Isabella is the daughter of a farmer, her mother was once somebody in London, but gave it all up when she fell in love. Once Isabella's uncle realizes her beauty, he packs her up, takes her to London, promising to help her poor family if she helps him get votes for a bill.

A bit old for her first season, no one is the wiser. She still attracts and flirts with all the men who hold a vote themselves, or their father does. Isabella is almost too good at this. Until one day she meets Griffith, a handsome duke.

The two are very interested in each other, but, unfortunately, Isabella has to stay away from him in order to uphold her end of the deal with her uncle.

 

Until the day when the bill is shutdown., but how can Isabella explain all the lies and the reasons behind them to Griffith? Her cousin, Freddie has some ideas, but when Isabella won't listen to her, Freddie is off to do some matchmaking of her own. Will Isabella and Griffith get their happy ever after or will Isabella's pride hold out?

Available September 5, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Most of this is common sense, we just usually make the choice to check our email while our best friend is on the phone crying her eyes out about something her husband said to her. But to make the choice to fully hear her- Harling has some great- and practical- tips and advice to help listen to her. Not tell her how to handle that husband of hers, but truly, genuinely listen. Your friend probably just wants to vent about it and will then feel better about it, not have your advice, so sit back and pay attention.

Harling brings some wonderful Scripture into play: Proverbs 4:1 " Pay attention and gain understanding."; James 1:9 "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak." There are several more used, but God is telling us to close our mouths and open our ears.

 

Get advice on handling conflicts, encouraging your children, listening to someone who is depressed, and learn how and why we need to validate others. And let's not forget what our face is saying, does it match what I am feeling, saying or doing? Plus, learn the 5 B's of availability. In a time when so many people seem to be so self involved, this is a great way to learn how to be a better friend.

Available August 1, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

We follow Milly, a fifteen year old girl with quite the troubled past. She just turned her mother into the police for murdering nine children over the course of nine years.

Milly comes home from the hospital with Mike, her psychiatrist, his wife, Saskia, and their daughter, Phoebe, as a foster child. Milly doesn't know, but soon figures out Mike is writing a book about her, Saskia has a drug issue and is sleeping with her yoga instructor, and Phoebe is a  big bully.

Phoebe and her friends call Milly Dog Face, torture her, do bad things and blame her, take pictures of her showering. Then, bad things start happing to Phoebe- her house key suddenly goes missing, so she was home late after a party because she was trying to find it, her chemistry homework vanishes and she gets detention, and then she falls off the banister, killing herself.

All the while, Milly is preparing to testify in court against her mother. After the trial, Milly overdoses on all the saved up pills Mike has been giving her but she stashed instead of swallowing.

 

After Phoebe's death, Milly tries to make Mike and Saskia her mom and dad. But all the secrets Milly carries, something is going to come out- someone will know who and what Milly really is.

Available September 5, 2017 FlatIron Books  🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Assault: Harbingers Cycle Two by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Ganksy

Brenda, Andi, Tank, the Professor, and Daniel are back for four more adventures together- off of which are circled around, as in the first book, The Gate.

We start from Brenda's point of view (Bill Myers) as we start off in Rome. A weird appointment with a cardinal, then some catacombs, then a super weird house on a cliff that- a house that is continually changing,  then completely just disappears.

Next, as the Professor (Frank Peretti), we have a fungus taking control and killing people. This powder-like fungus even takes over Andi! The team has to figure out how to save her, and one method they use is the Professor actually ingests some of the fungus powder!

We then are with Andi (Angela Hunt) as she starts seeing a psychiatrist. He happens to be a good looking Scottish one! But, he is also controlling Andi after hypnotizing her.

Finally, as Tank (Alton Gansky), the whole group is at a retirement party for an architect in Sand Diego. After an earthquake there is this weir fog- it has scary creatures swimming in it, and it is rising. Tank gets this wild idea in his head to jump off the roof of the building, into the fog, to break a window on a lower floor so that he can save the day. He prays, and actually does jump off the roof!

 

This book so was so good. I couldn't put this one down, and it could possibly be better than the first one. Harbingers Cycle one is also available.

Available August 1, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Egypt's Sister by Angela Hunt

This is a work of fiction, the author did do her research in getting as much historically accurate details, like Alexandria, Rome, Cleopatra, Caesar, Mark Atony, etc. as possible.

Chava (pronounced Ha-vah) is a young Jewish girl, daughter of Daniel the scholar and tutor to the royal family. Chava and Urbi ( the young queen Cleopatra) are classmates and best friend. But when Urbi's father dies, Urbi has to marry her own little brother and become queen, practically tossing Chava aside.

Cleopatra becomes pregnant by Creaser and imprisons Chava and her father, who are later sold as slaves. Chava was sent to Rome, where she started working on a farm owned by the Octavii family. Chava studied to become a midwife, and successfully delivered the masters daughters baby. Soon, Chava is a highly sought midwife by the rich and famous of Rome.

 

Chava ends up as "friend" to one of her owners, Agrippa, and he ends up tasking her to a negotiation with Cleopatra in exchange for her freedom. She succeeds, and goes home to see if her father, brother, and love interest are all safe.

Available July 4, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟

Winged Victory by Sarah Levine Simon

This book may look a bit differant, it is still undressed! The author herself reached out to me and personally asked for me to read and review her novel. She sent me the printout verson. It has since been published. This was a great honor! Thank you, Sarah! I wanted to post this picture, but when you search for this, it has more of black and white cover with a girl standing in a muesum:Winged Victory

Winged Victory is about a teenage girl named Victory. Her mother is deaf and her father dies.  Taking place in the early to mid 1950's.

They story takes us through her father's illness and death. All the while she is bullied by this guy named Bill. Her best friend across the street has strict parents with extremely high expectations of their daughter. The parents actually have her committed to a mental hospital because they cannot control her!

Victory is always trying to protect her mom. With mom being deaf, Victory has to sign everything to her. Usually editing or completely changing what was said while translating.

Victory's mom is also pushed around a bit by Victory's dad's brother. The two men owned a linoleum shop together, and after Victory's father passed, her mom started working there. But Victory's mom makes tile, and bit of a conflict in the eyes of her uncle. So, mom and a friend start a tile shop.

 

The best part of this entire book with when and how Victory gets back at her bully. She has a few friends help in accomplishing it. Even as the reader, it is funny and satisfying to read what these teens do!

Available July 15, 2017 Black Opal Books🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Long Haul by Finn Murphy

This book is written by a profession mover who also drives the items being moved in a tractor trailer. Murphy recounts some stories of this time on the job.  About the lingo, how the job works, the interesting people he has met only because of his job.

Murphy walks us through how he even got starting in the moving industry, his parents reaction when he decided to drop out of college to pursue his career.

Murphy recounts a widow he was helping rush across the country in just a few days. Her son is driving her. The widow dies on the way, but her son talks Murphy into attending the funeral of his dad as a warrior with a Native American tribe. The family wasn't Native American, the dad was a professor who lived and worked with this tribe.

Murphy shares about the pack and load job where he packs up a military family at Offutt, drives to the new place only to learn that the guy sent his wife and son and had no intention of joining. The wife threw a fit, slept with Murphy, and got her and her son back to Omaha.

 

This book is rather funny and very well told. Overall, this book is a highly entertaining read!

Available June 6, 2017 W.W.Norton & Company  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Praying For Girls by Teri Lynne Underwood

This book is packed with funny, heart-touching stories, examples, and most importantly, Scripture-based prayers to pray over our daughters!

Prayer topics covered include: her identity; her heart; her mind; her relationships, and her purpose.

Subtopic prayers include: being accepted; purity; love; being kept; content; renewal; guarded; peaceful; humility; wisdom; generosity; salvation; sanctification; being steadfast, and sharing.

Underwood offers up some of her struggles, her daughter's struggles and more to help us relate as moms who all deal with similar if not dead on the issues we all face. She lays out Scripture for us to pray over our girls in all these areas. She reminds us to remind ourselves sometimes we really need to let go and let God. Sometimes, as hard as it may be, we need to pray for our daughter, then get out of God's way so he can work.

"Our daughter's long to be accepted, to be chosen, Little girls want to know how much to you love them. Big girls want to be reassured they can't do anything to lose your love."

 

"Our prayers are a powerful instrument for shaping our girl's hearts to mirror the heart of Christ."

Available July 18, 2017 Bethany House 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Essential Guide To Prayer by Dutch Sheets

Quite Simply this book very thoroughly explains what intercessory prayer is, how it works, what it does, how it effects people, places, etc. and the power of God.

Dutch starts with walking us through the priorities of intercession: our motivation, our needs, and the needs of others. Then we go through the plan: God's plan of intercession is to work on earth with us and through us. "When Christ instructed us to ask the Father in His name, He wasn't giving us a formula but rather describing a legal premise for asking. (See John 14:6; Hebrews 10:19; 1 John 2:1; 1 Timothy 2:5)."

We learn about the prize and place of intercession, the protection it brings, We learn to persevere: 1.) God's timing is always perfect; 2.) Often God can teach us truths and build our characters during the waiting times in ways no other process can accomplish; 2.) The need for God to work in others who may be part of the answer. Be proactive! Intercessory prayer can and will be painful at times. We need to stay strong. Sheets quotes Dick Eastman's book, "Love On Its Knees": "Compassion is more than pity. It is love in its dynamic phase, love released through actions." (Incredibly said!)

 

We also see the pleasure of intercessory prayer. Throughout the book Sheets uses beautiful and powerful stories and examples of praying this way. Many wonderful moments await us- don't miss out- Enjoy the journey!

Available June 20, 2017 Bethany House🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

Heart On The Line by Karen Witemeyer

Grace's father is shot and killed before her own eyes. She then goes on the run, ending up in a place called Harper's Station She is a Western Union operator there nearly a year later. Once evening, while chatting over the wire with a fellow operator, whom she has never met, they are interrupted with a word of the bad guys have found her and they are on their way to Harper's Station.

They very next afternoon a strange man arrives in town looking for Grace. The Marshall throws him jail  and goes to get Grace. This stranger, by the way of code tapping, proves he is her friend from the wire, he has come to help her as he heard her receiving the warning.

A man impersonating a Pinkerton lawman soon kidnaps Grace, torturing her, threatening to harm and kill her and her friends over some books her father "stole". Amos, her wire friend, finds her, attempts to rescue young Grace, gets knocked on the head, in a position he had not anticipated! Grace shoots the faux Pinkerton, gets away, sends a nearby sheriff to locate Amos and the dubious lawman.

 

 This historical romance has some very well timed humor. A very enjoyable book! Available June 6, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give by Ada Calhoun

Marriages have all kinds of ups and downs. But why do some people make it all the way and others don't? Ada asks those who have been married for several decades, reads a variety of books, and watches a few movies. The answer is always similar- just don't get divorced.

All the while Ada is delivering that information, she shares her dating and marital past. She shares a lot of stories from her life with her husband and their son. She talks about making out with a guy while shes out of town. Going home and telling her husband about it, only to find out a woman has recently told him he is attractive and he said the same thing to her.

"Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give" really just gives accounts of how difficult marriage can be: miscarriage, house fire, debt, illness, accidents, etc. That we should just stick it out, and perhaps laugh at ourselves a little bit more, bad stuff happens to all of us, but going through it with someone helps.

This is a great book, especially for an engaged or recently married person. Life can suck, suffer together, then you have all these interesting memories to share with your children and grandchildren!

 

Advice gleaned: Be nice and don't leave! 

Available May 16, 2017 W.W.Norton & Company 

Women Who Move Mountains by Sue Detweiler

This book really packs a punch with all that it has to offer!  Though the journey we learn to pray with confidence, boldness, and grace. The first part of this book is a study- 21 days of examples, scripture, exercises, thought provoking questions and more. The second part of this book is a 21 day devotional. The author also offers some free downloads on her website to help you go deeper with journaling, as well as a free download of  "5 Steps of Grace: A Journey Guide to Freedom".  She also has videos that she will be posting soon, but at the time of this review, they had yet to be available.  In the very back of the book, Detweiler also provides "Guidelines for a Spiritual Retreat" as well as "Guidelines for Fasting".

This book gives scriptures to help build you up, because you need to have confidence to ask for forgiveness and prayer requests. You don't have something because you haven't asked for it. (See James 1)

Detweiler covers so many points I fell in love with, here are a few examples:  1.) The main point of prayer is relationship, not ritual. 2.) Prayer is the beauty of being in God's presence without pretense. 3.) There is nothing you have ever done that God is not able to cleanse and set you free from! 4.) Becoming a woman who moves mountains means that you become better not bitter as you go through difficulties. 5.) The key to going through a crisis is to stay close to Jesus and follow the leading of His Holy Spirit.  6.) Hope is an anchor for our souls.Available May 2, 2017. Bethany House 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

 

TryaBox: Full Circle Home

I had the opportunity to test mutlitple products in a TryaBox featuring Full Circle Home products. It came with four differant products, a cirtus ice making kit, reuseable storage bags, latex gloves and a bottle brush.

Citrus Ice Infusion Party Pack:  Citrus reamer locks on to juice directly into trays; 5 BPA- free silicone trays for easy release; Recipe booklet included. We made lime ice cubes, and my children really wanted to juice the limes. It was rather easy for them to do. My husband used some of the lime cubes in our mojitos, the kids had theirs in water. Everyone enjoyed them! Can be used with any citrus fruit! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Ziptuck Reusable Storage Bags:  Reusable food-safe; BPA-free storage bag; Leak-proof, air-tight "lock" seal design;  Stands upright for everyday use and storage ease; Chevron + Clear design. These are made of a thick, durable plastic, these bags can hold a variety of different things, and it is leak-proof as well as air tight. We tested two large ones. I was able to put a book with my readers in one. My daughter put her swim suit in the other, so that after swimming she could throw it in her bag without getting everything else wet. Everything was perfect at the end of the day! These very nice bags could also hold make-up, baby stuff, art supplies, phones, ereaders, as well as food. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Splash Patrol Natural Latex Cleaning Gloves: Durable, slip-resistant grip; Cuffed design to catch water (and keep you dry); Super soft lined interior for comfor and hot water protection; Hang-dry loops for fast, clean drying. These are fantastic! They have a thin cloth lining that is soft on the inside. There is a "magic" cuff that helps as a "splash guard", and all the while they help you keep yourself clean, dry, and still have a strong grip on your dishes. There are also these handy loops to hang them to dry and keep out of the way. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟                    

Clean Reach Bottle Brush: A perfect fit for on-the-go drinking bottles and mugs; Slim, elongated design that's ideal for bottle necks; Replaceable heads extend use while minimizing waste. Let's just start with how this is not just for baby bottles! All these interestingly shaped reusable water bottles need this to clean them! It thoroughly cleans, quickly, and painlessly. When it's done, the head is replaceable- that's really cool- less waste! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟     

They are avilable on FullCircleHome.com; Amazon.com; and Jet.com.

 

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Cass is driving home one night after the end of year teachers party during a rather nasty storm. She decides, against her better judgment (as well as her husband's- whose at home with a migraine), to take a short-cut to get home and out of the storm sooner. On this short-cut road, she encounters another car, it's on the shoulder with the lights on. Cass sees a woman inside, so she pulls over to offer help. It seems as though neither woman want to get out in the rain, the other woman makes no signal that she needs help, so Cass drives off after a couple of minutes.

The next morning Cass wakes to learn that the woman in the other car was found, in her car, on that road, murdered! Cass starts to lose it- forgets stuff, forgets how to use the microwave and the washing machine, forgets her husband is going out of town for work, orders a ton of stuff from the shopping channel with no memory of doing it. And once she seemed to have forgotten where she parked the car, and had to ask for help because she thought it was stolen. Plus, she starts getting all these phone calls on her house phone, where the caller ID reads PRIVATE, and when she answers she is met with silence. But why do the calls never come in when her husband at home? Is someone watching the house? Could it be the murderer?

Cass's husband, Matthew, takes her to a doctor, where they get meds to help her. Her best friend, Rachel, is very supportive, meeting her for drinks, dinner, coffee, to try to help her through the stressful time. Turns out Cass actually knew the murder victim, Jane. Rachel worked with her, and they met at a party for their work, and Cass had lunch with Jane.

Rachel is very supportive until one night Cass meets her for drinks, and Rachel rather abruptly leaves the bar. Once she is gone, a college girl approaches Cass and hands her a cell phone stating that a college guy snagged it from Rachel's purse. Cass finds only one number in the contacts, calls it, and Matthew picks up. Later, Cass starts reading all the texts between her best friend and her husband.  Just how crazy has Cass really gotten these last couple of months? And what does all this have to do with Jane? Why are Rachel and Matthew texting? And What is up with the knife in Cass' garden shed? Who really killed Jane? Available July 18, 2017 St. Martin's Press 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Map That Leads To You by J.P. Monninger

Heather and her two friends from college, Amy and Constance, just graduated, and are traveling around Europe together. On the train to Paris, Heather meets Jack. It is pretty much love at first sight for both of them. They even share one of those movie kisses on the train platform with steam from the train around them. Jack is traveling with his Austrailian friend, Raef.    

One night Amy looses her bag with her money and passport causing her to return home, leaving the two sets of lovebirds to travel Europe together. After weeks of traveling, Constance decides to return with Raef to Austrailia and Jack with Heather to New York. Jack ends up disappearing at the Paris airport. Heater returns home alone, but soon discovers that  she has Jack's grandfather's journal. The journal Jack was following in his grandfather's footsteps from after Word War II around Europe with. 

After not hearing from Jack, Constance announces her and Raef are getting married in Paris. At the wedding, Raef informs Amy about a particular day in Paris where Raef was with Jack. Heather consults the journal and realizes she knows where he is going to be and when he will be there! So Heather takes off to Batak. Will she find Jack? What was the secret between Raef and Jack that day in Paris? Did Jack not love her? Available June 13. St. Martin's Press 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Answering the Toughest Questions About Heaven and Hell by Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz

As humans, we are curious and have so many questions about and surrounding the topic of Heaven. In this book Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz team up to help answer quite a few questions using Biblical Scripture. "Do all roads lead to Heaven?", they discuss different religions and faiths. Everyone​ seems to know what is next, afterlife, reincarnation, heaven, hell, etc. Quite a few are different. "If God is love, how could He send anyone to hell?" talks about what the Bible says get you where, heaven or hell. But what about the "good" people who didn't accept Christ? This is an intense little read, and Bickel and Jantz throw a little humor in as well! Available April 16, 2017 Bethany House 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson

This story follows Evie, and detective with a newly appointed task force to try to solve cold cases. Evie has been assigned a case where she needs to find what happened to a college student, Jenna, that disappeared 9 years ago.

Also on this task force is David, among others. David is searching for what happened to a private investigator that disappeared 6 years ago. Evie and David help eachother out on their cases.

David happens to be engaged to a famous singer/songwriter named Maggie, who surprisingly is able to help them find what happened to Jenna.

As a Christian fiction, this novel has suspense, murder, love, and scripture all rolled into one! Available May 2, 2017 Bethany House 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Fact Of A Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

 This book is non fiction, but reads almost as though it is fiction. Half is about a murderer- Ricky Langly, a mentally ill man who is a pedophile. He kills a young boy.

It is half memoir. Alexandria was abused sexually by her grandfather when she was a little girl. She takes the reader through her life pretty much up until the book was written. 

The contents of the book is not for the weak. But is was written so beautifully. Available May 16. Flatiron Books 🌟🌟🌟🌟 

He Said, She Said

It all started in Lizard Point all those years ago... Kit and Laura have the perfect relationship, they've been together for sixteen years, and are expecting​ twins.

...All those years ago in Lizard Point, Laura has an interview so she will follow Kit. After she arrives and they watch the eclipse, Laura finds and purse on the ground, then she finds the purses owner in a bit of trouble. Kit doesn't like Beth, and he seems to stop at nothing to prevent Laura and Beth from being friends. Available June 6th Minotaur Books 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Invitation: Harbingers Cycle One by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Ganksy

 Four people destined to solve something together but what? Four characters, four authors, four stories that are separate by yet tie together. This was a fantastic read. We meet our characters is the first story, they investigate a school for special people. The second story they spend the night in a haunted house. The third they discover dead fish and birds. And the fourth they meet a very special little girl. Available April 4, 2017 Bethany House🌟🌟🌟🌟

Ubongo

 Doing things just a little different, I was sent a game to review. Ubongo is a puzzle game for 1-4 players; ages 8 & up. To test this out, we hosted what ened up being out biggest game night ever! 13 adult guests, 2 children guests, and the 4 of us. Ubongo is a puzzle game, and you want to solve your puzzle before time runs out and collect gems to beat your friends. This game was really fun and a big hit! It can be found on Amazon for $32.99. Available now. Kosmos 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Gifts From Heaven Compiled by James Stuart Bell

Looking for a powerful uplifting book about miracles God has been preforming in the lives of others? Told by the witnesses themselves, we read about all kinds of miracles, including people who's cancer has vanished, people who were in accidents and walked away​, angles comforting, and even an account of a person accepting Jesus on his death bed. A fabulous little read! Available April 4, 2017 Bethany House 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

This book follows two women and one man. One woman is married to him, the other works for him. Unbeknownst to him the women meet and become friends, but why all the secrets? And that ending? Available January 31, 2017 Flatiron Books  #BehindHerEyes                        🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece

This is a journey to freedom! Lamenting through all the bad and negative things you've endured in life to bring you freedom from the enemy. Brings you closer to GOD! Available January 10, 2017 Zondervan #NoMoreFakingFine                                            🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

 A gripping, fast paced, action adventure in the Old West. With a land grant mystery, this story is complete with murders, kidnappers, a widow from Omaha, and a big, loving, Christian family. This book offers quite a bit, did I mention there's a dash of romance as well? This book is actually the second in The Cimarron Ranch Legacy. Available February 28, 2017 Bethany House 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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