Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Christian Fiction

Promo Blast for “Painter Place”

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In June of 1985, Caroline Painter’s uncle whisks her away from her island home at Painter Place to film an art video in the harbor village of Mevagissey. But instead of clearing her head, the young artist becomes entangled in adventure on the English Channel when she influences a rock star’s contract and the media launches her into fame. When she returns home, she discovers a shattering secret that makes her question everything in her life. Can she trust the only one who says he understands?

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Imagine being in love and believing a proposal is imminent, but instead, the person chooses God and the mission-field over you.  This scenario is precisely what happens to Caroline Painter.  But then imagine a high school friend returns and wants to court her. In the meantime, Caroline’s family arrange for her to go on a trip with her uncle to film a painting documentary series.

Add in the paparazzi, a famous musician and some additional family members and an unforgettable story begin.  I have to say I enjoyed reading every page of this story.  Caroline and Chad face challenges from the paparazzi and figuring out what happened during the time they were apart.

The book illustrates that sometimes dreams do come true and there is such a thing as “happily ever after”.  The love and devotion of Caroline’s parents, siblings, and other family members add dimensions to this story.  Also, the importance of faith and believing in God shins through the pages of this story.

So if you want to read a book centered in the Carolinas with forays into the world, check out this story for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

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Author Bio

Pamela Poole’s love for the South inspires all her books and paintings. She has written three novels and two short stories that take place on the fictional island in the Painter Place Saga, and she will launch the fourth book in 2019. Pamela is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and various author and artist organizations. She and her husband Mark live in Raleigh, North Carolina.

You can find Pamela Poole on Social Media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her author blog on Southern Sky Publishing.

 

 

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Christian Fiction

Promo Blast for “The Certain Hope”

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Love at first sight. It’s every girl’s dream. But Tara Simpkins is finding out it’s not as easy as it seems. Is this truly the man God sent to be her husband, or is she just desperate to escape her loneliness? The recent loss of both parents has left her reeling, and close friends don’t think she’s in any position to make major life decisions. She and her new-found love are convinced they can live happily ever after in the home of their dreams. His family thinks he’s moving way too fast and might disappoint the kind-hearted woman he’s fallen head over heels for. And then there’s Leah. Leah is supposed to be part of his past, but what if she decides she’s his future? Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins.

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Having recently lost her parents, Tara unexpected finds love and at first sight even.  Friends and family caution both Tara and her newfound love they are moving too fast.  But they quickly discover “the heart wants what the heart wants”.  But then there is Leah, what secret is Luke hiding about her?

The story contains enough twists to keep it interesting.  It does an excellent job of exploring the idea of love at first sight.

The friends and family in this book bring added dimensions to the story.  If you love reading about antique cars, there is something for you in this book.  If you like reading about homes as well as restoring homes, check out this book.  If you just want to read a good clean romance, check out this book.  Moreover, if you want to read a book about deep family connections and love between siblings you should check out this book.  It truly is a book worth reading.

This book demonstrates love, at first sight, can be real.  Moreover, the power of family and friendship is also demonstrated.  I love the importance given to settings and food.  The idea of making memories by connecting special places to special food and special people does incredible things for this book.

So check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

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Author Bio

  1. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

 

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Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Historical Fiction

Promo Blast for Harbor Secrets

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A Peaceful Coastal Town…Threatened by a Storm of Secrets

It’s 1916 when newspaper woman Anna McDowell learns her estranged father has suffered a stroke. Deciding it’s time to repair bridges, Anna packs up her precocious adolescent daughter and heads for her hometown in Sunset Cove, Oregon.

Although much has changed since the turn of the century, some things haven’t. Anna finds the staff of her father’s paper not exactly eager to welcome a woman into the editor-in-chief role, but her father insists he wants her at the helm. Anna is quickly pulled into the charming town and her new position…but just as quickly learns this seaside getaway harbors some dark and dangerous secrets.

With Oregon’s new statewide prohibition in effect, crime has crept along the seacoast and invaded even idyllic Sunset Cove. Anna only meant to get to know her father again over the summer, but instead, she finds herself rooting out the biggest story the town has ever seen—and trying to keep her daughter safe from it all.

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I have to say I loved the feistiness and determination of Anna and her daughter.  Having a strained and damaged relationship with my own father, I could relate to what Anna felt towards her father.  However, I have never had the second chance Anna did with her father.

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This book includes faith, second chances, love, forgiveness, and more.  The characters were multi-dimensional.  The storyline was interesting.  Danger and intrigue-both filled the pages of the book.  I loved how Anna wound up running her father’s paper and doing a good job of it.

The details Anna believed to be true about her parents turned out to be skewed, and she has the opportunity to also reconcile with her mother.  The details about prohibition and alcohol runners keep the storyline moving along.

So if you want to read a Historical Christian fiction book dealing with prohibition, second chances, and family, check out this book for yourself.

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About Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales of around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors, etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

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Posted in Amish Fiction, Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

Review and Giveaway for “Andrew”

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About the Book

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Book: Andrew

Author: Jennifer Beckstrand

Genre: Amish Romance

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Andrew, Abraham, and Austin Petersheim’s family business has earned them the nickname The Peanut Butter Brothers. But if their matchmaking younger siblings have their way, all three may soon bear another title: husband . . .

Handsome, hardworking, and godly, Andrew Petersheim has always been sure of his place in his Wisconsin Amish community. He’ll be a welcome catch for the local girl who finally captures his heart. Mary Coblenz certainly isn’t that girl. Two years after “jumping the fence” for the Englischer world, she’s returned, unmarried and pregnant. Yet instead of hiding in shame as others in the community expect, she’s working at the Honeybee Farm, ignoring the gossips—and winning over Andrew’s eight-year-old twin brothers . . .

For all Andrew’s certainty about right and wrong, it seems he has a lot to learn from Mary’s courage, grace, and resilience. She’s changing his notions about forgiveness and love, but will she in turn accept the challenge of starting over and choose to stay—with him?

 

Click here to grab your copy!

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Andrew tells the story of an Amish young man forced to put the faith and forgiveness he believes into actual practice.  Mary is an Amish young woman who “jumped the fence” and left her Amish community for an “English” or non-Amish boyfriend.  She returns to her community pregnant and unwed.  Many in her community find it impossible to forgive her for her past sins, including her own parents who refuse to let her return home.

Bitsy and her husband provide refuge to Mary.  Meanwhile, Andrew’s two younger twin brothers decide he needs to get married so he will leave home.  The antics of the twins help make the story.  Bitsy and her forthright manner also lend credence to the story.

Andrew’s obvious struggle with what is the right thing to do and what his heart tells him to do kept my interest in this book.  I love how by the end of the story, Andrew recognizes he is actually in love with Mary and her daughter.

Because we have known an Amish man who was a beekeeper, the fact that Bitsy kept beehives intrigued me.  I also liked how Bitsy was not the stereotypical Amish lady and instead had some unique quirks, including owning cats with names like Farrah Faucet and Leonard Nimoy.

So if you want to read an Amish story with some unusual twists that delves into forgiveness and second chances, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

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Jennifer Beckstrand is the two-time RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries, The Honeybee Sistersseries, and The Petersheim Brothersseries for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer and Home on Huckleberry Hill were both nominated for the coveted RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America. Jennifer has written twenty-one Amish romances, a historical Western, Jessie and James, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She and her husband have been married for thirty-four years, and she has six children and seven adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

 

More from Jennifer

If you enjoyed The Honeybee Sisters, you’re going to love The Petersheim Brothers, or the Peanut Butter Brothers as they’re known in their small Amish community of Bienenstock, Wisconsin. The Petersheim brothers work their small farm and make peanut butter. The idea for The Petersheim Brothers series came when two of my friends and I were creating The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook. My friend Alicia suggested I write a book about Peanut Butter Brothers, and the idea stuck.

One of my favorite characters in my Amish romances is Aunt Bitsy, the irrepressible, unconventional woman who raised the Honeybee Sisters, tried to chase off all their suitors, and then lit fireworks at their triple wedding. In Andrew, the first book in the Petersheim Brothers series, Aunt Bitsy takes in a girl who has jumped the fence and wants to come back to the Amish community to have her baby. Aunt Bitsy is still protecting her dandelions and her bees, still dyeing her hair all sorts of bright colors, and still praying to Gotte right out loud.

Andrew is about forgiveness, second chances, and learning to love. It will have you laughing and crying, and you might just fall in love with two of the most mischievous little boys in Wisconsin. Enjoy.

In honor of the Peanut Butter Brothers, I want to share one of our favorite family recipes. These bars are perfect for picnics, parties, and potlucks. They’re easy and delicious!

 

Peanut Butter Bars

Cream together:

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar

Blend In:

2 unbeaten eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

2/3 cup peanut butter

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

Stir In:

2 cups flour

2 cups quick oats

 

Spread mixture in greased jelly-roll pan or large cookie sheet.

Bake: 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Do not overbake. Remove from oven.

 

Sprinkle on:

1 ¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Let stand five minutes.

 

For peanut butter mixture on top, combine:

½ cup sifted powdered sugar

¼ cup peanut butter

2 to 4 Tbs. evaporated milk

Mix well.

 

The chocolate chips will melt on the bars. Spread melted chocolate evenly. Drizzle peanut butter mixture on top. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a grand prize of a $20 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e57a/andrew-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for “The Medallion”

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About the Book

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Book: The Medallion

Author: Cathy Gohlke

Genre: Historical Fiction (World War II)

Release date: June 4, 2019

For fans of bestselling World War II, fiction like Sarah’s Key and The Nightingale comes an illuminating tale of courage, sacrifice, and survival, about two couples whose lives are ravaged by Hitler’s mad war yet eventually redeemed through the fate of one little girl.

Seemingly overnight, the German blitzkrieg of Warsaw in 1939 turns its streets to a war zone and shatters the life of each citizen—Polish, Jewish, or otherwise. Sophie Kumiega, a British bride working in the city’s library, awaits news of her husband, Janek, recently deployed with the Polish Air Force. Though Sophie is determined that she and the baby in her womb will stay safe, the days ahead will draw her into the plight of those around her, compelling her to help, whatever the danger.

Rosa and Itzhak Dunovich never imagined they would welcome their longed-for first child in the Jewish ghetto, or that they would let anything tear their family apart. But as daily atrocities intensify, Rosa soon faces a terrifying reality: to save their daughter’s life, she must send her into hiding. Her only hope of finding her after the war—if any of them survive—is a medallion she cuts in half and places around her neck.

Inspired by true events of Poland’s darkest days and brightest heroes, The Medallion paints a stunning portrait of war and its aftermath, daring us to believe that when all seems lost, God can make a way forward.

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

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The Medallion tells the story of World War II in Poland and various individuals trying to survive difficult days in horrible conditions. Sophie Kumiega, a British bride living in Poland is waiting on news of her husband who is serving in the Polish military eventually winds up providing a safe haven for a Jewish woman’s daughter.

This book does an excellent job of detailing the horrors of the war, the difficulties of World War II, as well as the incredible courage shown by both Jews and Christians alike. I appreciated the descriptions and details provided in this book.  I loved how parts of it were based on facts while being fictionalized in a way that brought the reader into the story.

If you like historical Christian fiction, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

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Three-time Christy and two-time Carol and INSPY Award-winning and bestselling author Cathy Gohlke writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons, speaking of world and life events through the lens of history. She champions the battle against oppression, celebrating the freedom found only in Christ. Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children’s and education ministries. When not traveling to historic sites for research, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their grown children and grandchildren. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com and find her on Facebook at CathyGohlkeBooks.

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Every story begins with a journey. Sharing that journey is twice the joy.

The Medallion was inspired by two true stories—the first was the WWII account of Itzhak Dugin and his Jewish family, persecuted in Lithuania. Their heart-wrenching story made world news when the tunnel from which Itzhak escaped the Nazis was discovered using modern technology.

The second was the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker within Żegota (an underground Polish Council to Aid Jews), who developed a network to rescue children. Despite terrible risks, they smuggled 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto and certain death at the hands of the Nazis, then hid them in Polish homes, convents, churches and hospitals until the end of the war. Approximately 2,000 of those children were found after the war. Theories abound regarding the whereabouts of those missing. I couldn’t help but wonder, and imagine: What became of those 400 to 500 missing children? What became of one?

Set in WWII Poland and post-war England, The Medallion is a story of courage, sacrifice, love, forgiveness, and redemption.

 

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To celebrate her tour, Cathy is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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Review of Britfield & The Lost Crown

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Tom has spent most of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when he learns that his parents might still be alive, Tom knows he must do what he can to find them. He can’t leave Weatherly without his best friend Sarah, so armed with a single clue to his past, the word Britfield, the two make a daring escape by commandeering a hot air balloon. Now they’re on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what looks like half the police officers in England. Tom and Sarah’s journey takes them from Oxford University to Windsor Castle, through London, and finally to Canterbury. Along the way, they discover that Tom may be the true heir to the British throne, but even with the help of two brilliant professors, it looks like Tom and Sarah will be captured and sent back to the orphanage before they have a chance to solve Tom’s Royal mystery.

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While this book is geared for youth, as an adult I found myself caught up in the story.  Imagine thinking you were an orphan all your life and then you find out your parents are possibly still alive.  This scenario is exactly what happens to Tom.  Growing up in a series of miserable orphanages with only one thought of eventually escaping, Tom finds himself forced to flee with his best friend Sarah.

Full of danger, mystery, intrigue, and adventure, this book was definitely worth reading.  My one complaint would be the fact that it ended and the sequel is not supposed to be out until the Fall of 2020.  However, that fact is not enough to make me regret reading it.

As the mother of three sons ages almost 23, 20, and 18 and a daughter who is 16, this book is one I believe they would love to read.  Tom and Sarah go on a dangerous adventure that includes London, a hot air balloon, a stop of Windsor Castle and more.  They meet people along the way who are willing to help them and assist them on their way.  I feel this is a wonderful young adult novel that is perfect for middle-grade children and up.

But do not let appearances deceive, some who appear to be friends may actually be enemies, and some who appear to be enemies may actually be trustworthy.  The interactions and care that Sarah and Tom show for each other makes this book incredible to read.

So if you have youth in your life, check out this book for them.  Or if you are young at heart and love to read, you should get this book for yourself.

To find out more about the book, visit this website.  This book releases on August 15, 2019.

You can enter a giveaway for the book by clicking here or on the graphic below.

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