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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.

 

 

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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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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?

 

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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.

 

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

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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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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.

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Review and Giveaway for More Than Words Can Say

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About the Book

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Book: More Than Words Can Say

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: May 7, 2019

After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live life on his own terms. No opportunities to disappoint those he cares about, just the quiet bachelor existence he’s always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away once again when the baker of his favorite breakfast treat is railroaded by the city council. As hard as he tries to avoid getting involved, he can’t turn a blind eye to her predicament . . . or her adorable dimples. Abigail Kemp needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed. A marriage of convenience seems the best solution . . . if it involves a man she can control. Not the stoic lumberman who oozes confidence without saying a word whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can’t even control her pulse when she’s around him. Once vows are spoken, Abigail’s troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. As trust grows between Zach and Abby, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.

 

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I love reading historical fiction and this book was no exception.  When her father dies, Abigail receives notice from the town’s council that she has to either partner with a male or sell her business.  But Abigail comes up with a third option, finding a man to marry who would not try to take over her family’s business.

Zacharias Hamilton is a confirmed bachelor who is finally living life under his own terms.  But Abigail approaches him with a marriage proposal that he is unable to refuse. Over the course of time, the two find themselves falling in love.  Abigail’s younger sister adds additional drama and interest to the story.

This book made me laugh, shake my head in amazement, and more during this course of the pages.  This book is definitely one that is worth reading.

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

About the Author

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Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

 

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Settings – Real or Imagined?

One of the key decisions an author has to make before she begins to write is selecting the setting for her story. And the first choice she faces is the question of whether to use a real or imagined location. Roughly half the stories I have written are set in fictional towns. The use of a fictional setting allows an author greater freedom to manipulate the environment of her characters to fit her plot. This provides a great deal of flexibility. However, there is something special about setting a story in a real place. First, readers who are familiar with that place never fail to get excited about seeing a town they recognize in print. Second, if an author can find historical photos and documents, she can add a wonderful layer of authenticity to her setting that might otherwise be missing. Third, an author may turn up fascinating tidbits when studying the history of her setting that find their way into the story and bring a flavor the author never could have supplied on her own. This was the case as I wrote More Than Words Can Say. All of the stories in my Patchwork Family series have been set in real places. Pecan Gap, Texas for More Than Meets the Eye, Honey Grove, Texas for More Than Words Can Say, and coming this fall we’ll travel to Gainesville, Texas for the concluding novella, More Than a Pretty Face. Researching each location brought its own unique discoveries, but I have to admit that researching the small town of Honey Grove brought this history-loving girl a special level of joy. For example, there is a legend about how the town got its name that I knew needed to be incorporated into my story. Legend has it that when Davy Crockett was on his way to join the fight at the Alamo, he stopped in a grove of trees and set up camp. There were so many bees in that in letters to family and friends, he called the place a “Honey Grove.” He carved his initials into one of the trees and intended to return and settle there after the war. Unfortunately, as we know, Crockett did not survive the Alamo and therefore did not return. One of his friends, Samuel A. Erwin, later found the grove and became the first settler in 1839. Many people recall seeing the initials carved into Crockett’s bee tree even into the early 1900s, which led me to believe that this legend was based in truth. It doesn’t play a pivotal role in my story, but if you watch for it, you’ll find it mentioned. Discovering the Honey Grove Preservation League’s website proved a tremendous boon. Their online historical resources are some of the best I have ever come across. Historical photos, newspaper articles, government records—it was like stepping through a time portal every time I visited. And I visited often. Thanks to the Preservation League, I was able to mention real people and places in my novel. Places like the Commercial Hotel, the home of James Gilmer that was built during my time period, Wilkins, Wood & Patteson Dry Goods, and Dora Galbraith Patteson’s millinery shop on the east side of the town square. While Zacharias Hamilton and Reuben Sinclair are completely fictitious characters, there really was a lumberyard located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rail Road. As fiction authors are wont to do, I did take a few liberties with Honey Grove’s history. To my knowledge, there was never any city ordinance banning women from owning businesses in town, which was a key plot point in More Than Words Can Say. In addition, Mayor Chester Longfellow was a complete invention of my imagination. The true mayor of Honey Grove during this time period was J.H. Smith, a man who served in that capacity from 1888-1897. He must have been a well-loved city official to hold office for nearly a decade. I paid brief homage to him by having him step back into office when my fictitious mayor resigned. I hope you enjoy stepping back in time with me into historic Honey Grove, Texas. Zach and Abigail might not have lived there in truth, but I like to believe their tale is a representation of the many amazing love stories have taken place in that sweet little town through the years.

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Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 20

Living Life Free in Christ, June 20

Connect in Fiction, June 21

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Splashes of Joy, June 21

Pause for Tales, June 21

Stories By Gina , June 22

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Blossoms and Blessings, June 22

Southern Gal Loves to Read, June 22

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, June 23

Connie’s History Classroom , June 23

Vicky Sluiter, June 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 23

Wishful Endings, June 24

Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, June 24

Simple Harvest Reads, June 24 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

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Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner , June 27

Christian Bookshelf Reviews, June 27

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Emily Yager, June 28

Lukewarm Tea, June 28

By The Book, June 28

The Becca Files, June 28

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away a grand prize that includes More Than Words Can Say, More Than Meets the Eye, and a $20 Panera Bread 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/e4f4/more-than-words-can-say-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for “The Pink Bonnet”

About the Book

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Book: The Pink Bonnet

Author: Liz Tolsma

Genre: Christian Historical, Suspense

Release date: June, 2019

A Desperate Mother Searches for Her Child
Step into True Colors—a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

Widowed in Memphis during 1932, Cecile Dowd is struggling to provide for her three-year-old daughter. Unwittingly trusting a neighbor puts little Millie Mae into the clutches of Georgia Tann, corrupt Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society director suspected of the disappearance of hundreds of children. With the help of a sympathetic lawyer, the search for Millie uncovers a deep level of corruption that threatens their very lives.

How far will a mother go to find out what happened to her child?

 

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The Pink Bonnet tells a story that is part fiction and part real.  Georgia Tann was a real person who stole and sold babies and children under the disguise of being an adoption agency.

However, the majority of the other characters in the book are fiction.  Liz Tolsma does a remarkable job of pulling the reader into the story.  At times I was angry, such as when Millie Mae is stolen and an elderly neighbor is completely responsible for the abduction.  I hated that Millie Mae ended up with a horrible man who abused her and his wife.

Cecile Dowd, a young widow, refuses to give up the search for her daughter, who is the only part of her deceased husband she has left.  Remarkably, she is able to convince a young lawyer who works with Georgia Tann to help her.  In the course of searching for Millie Mae, they discover love.  My heart broke for the lack of options and help Cecile had.  Set around the time of the Depression, this book captures all the tragedy and heartbreak of the period.

Although there were times I despised Georgia Tann and the majority of her associates, I am glad I read the book.  I cannot begin to fathom the hopelessness and devastation of having a child stolen while under the care of someone who was supposed to be caring for the child.

As the mother of four, I know how much mischief children can get in to and also how much joy and love they can bring to a parent’s life.  So if you like books that have roots in real events, and do not mind reading about the abduction of children, check out this book for yourself.

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

About the Author

Liz Tolsma

Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and is the mother of three. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.

 

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A Desperate Mother Searches for Her Child

True, riveting stories of American criminal activity are explored through 6 unique stories of historical romantic suspense in the exciting new True Colors series.

In book two, The Pink Bonnet, Widowed in Memphis during 1932, Cecile Dowd is struggling to provide for her three-year-old daughter. Unwittingly trusting a neighbor puts little Millie Mae into the clutches of Georgia Tann, corrupt Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society director suspected of the disappearance of hundreds of children. With the help of a sympathetic lawyer, the search for Millie uncovers a deep level of corruption that threatens their very lives.

How far will a mother go to find out what happened to her child? Find out in The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma.

The True Crime Behind the Story

Georgia Tann was a woman who ran an adoption agency in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1924 until 1950. It is estimated that, in that time, she kidnapped over five thousand children and sold them to the highest bidder. She even advertised the children in the newspaper, especially around the holidays. Some of the nation’s biggest celebrities adopted through Miss Tann, including Joan Crawford, Dick Powell, and June Allyson. Learn more about Georgia Tann HERE and visit www.TrueColorsCrime.com for more exclusive content.

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A Reader’s Brain, July 3

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Little Homeschool on the Prairie, July 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Pink Bonnet!!

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/e331/the-pink-bonnet-celebration-tour-giveaway

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Uncategorized

Review and Giveaway for “The Number of Love”

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About the Book

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The Toughest Puzzle She’ll Have to Solve

Might be the Wishes of Her Own Heart

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, she discovers for the first time in her life that numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the intelligent Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

 

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The Number of Love is a story set in the time of World War II and includes the tales of spies, code breakers and more.  Margot De Wilde works diligently to crack codes.  Numbers and mathematical equations fly around in her brain through the blessings of God.  As someone who loves numbers and mathematics myself, I loved her as a character.

Drake Elton, a spy, meets Margot when bringing his sister Dot to apply for a job at the Intelligence office.  When he is injured and sent back to England, the two begin an unconventional courtship.

A cast of additional characters including nobility, an injured servicemember, a service member initially pulled unwillingly into the code-breaking office along with Drake and Dot’s Spanish grandfather, keep the story interesting and moving along.

I have to say  I would love to read more about these characters, but found the ending to be satisfactory.  So 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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Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

 

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When I told my best friend and critique partner what book I was pitching next to my publisher, her response was something along the lines of, “That sounds awesome. Also, you’re crazy, and I do not envy you writing that one.”

I laughed…and knew exactly what she meant. Because I was setting out to write a heroine who was a mathematician—which I am definitely not. A heroine who was utterly indifferent to love and marriage—which makes for a difficult story when one writes romance. A character who had an unshakeable faith—which has to be shaken at least a bit in order to make for growth throughout the story. And more, a character who has “issues,” let’s call it, that those familiar with such things will recognize…and which those who aren’t will probably think are quirks.

I was setting out to write a story that would be challenging for me, every step of the way. And the result is a book I’m incredibly in love with and so happy to share with the world.

The Number of Love is all about Margot, who thinks and even prays in numbers. Born and raised in Belgium, she and her family fled to England in 1914 when the Germans invaded her homeland. Thanks to her remarkable abilities with numbers and patterns, she’s now employed at Room 40, the Admiralty’s secret codebreaking branch. But as I was contemplating what sort of man could ever win Margot’s heart, I knew he had to be very different… someone active where she’s still. Someone outgoing where she turns inward. Someone who sees in her what she never can, and who believes she can grasp the dreams that society tells her are unbefitting a woman. This is how Drake was born—a field agent employed by Room 40.

I can honestly say this is the only book I’ve ever written that required me to borrow my daughter’s algebra book while I was writing it, LOL. And though every single scene was a challenge, it was one I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you’ll join me on the journey that Margot and Drake are on, which answer the question my husband cheekily asked more than once as I was writing it: what is the number of love?

 

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Reflections From My Bookshelves, June 19

Inspired by Fiction, June 19

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 19

As He Leads is Joy, June 20

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, June 20

Blossoms and Blessings, June 20

Real World Bible Study, June 21

Multifarious, June 21

Emily Yager, June 21

A Reader’s Brain, June 21

Bigreadersite, June 22

For the Love of Literature, June 22

Simple Harvest Reads, June 22 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

She Lives to Read, June 23

The Christian Fiction Girl, June 23

Just the Write Escape, June 23

Genesis 5020, June 24

For Him and My Family, June 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 24

Inklings and notions, June 24

Life of Literature, June 25

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Stephanie’s Life of Determination, June 25

Texas Book-aholic, June 25

Just Your Average reviews, June 26

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The Becca Files, June 26

Splashes of Joy, June 26

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of winner’s choice of TWO signed books, Fruit and Floral Flavors Sugar Shapes, and some Roseanna M. White swag!!

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/de86/the-number-of-love-celebration-tour-giveaway