Review of “This Homeward Journey”

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About the Book

This Homeward Journey

Title: This Homeward Journey

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian historical romance

Release date: January 1, 2019

After her husband’s death, Rachel Gray is finally free from the turmoil his addictions caused. She wants nothing more than a new life with her twelve-year-old son. If she can reach her brother in the wilderness of the Canadian territories, they’ll have help to start over in peace. She knows better than to put her life in the hands of another man, but she never expected the Montana mountains to be so treacherous. When two brothers invite her to join their small group traveling to the same area, she refuses. After she and her son narrowly escape a bear attack, she’s forced to admit they need the safety of numbers in this untamed land. If the men prove dangerous, she can always leave with her son and strike out alone again.

Seth Grant has made some bad choices in his life, but God healed him from the addiction that mired him in his sins. Now, he’s determined to live the life God called him to, starting with a journey northward to see the Canadian mountain both his brother and sister have fallen in love with. When he discovers the woman and boy who plan to travel the same mountain trail, he can’t fathom why she refuses to join in the safety of their larger group. Though her decision seems unwise, he has no other choice but to pray God provides her protection.

Despite Rachel’s best efforts, she can’t seem to fight her attraction to the Seth—until a secret from his past proves he’s not at all the man she thought. When a new peril threatens her son’s life, she must choose between trusting in what she can control, or the man who her heart says is trustworthy, no matter his previous sins. The path she chooses just may determine whether she can step into the new life God has in store for them all.

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I have read many of Misty M. Beller’s books, but somehow I had missed this series.  This is the fifth book in The Heart of the Mountains series.  Although I had not read the previous books in this series, I had no trouble keeping up and following along with the storyline.  However, I do have to say that upon finishing this book, I have already pre-ordered the sixth book in the series and bought the first book in the series, I can read through the books in order.

Rachel Gray and her son have had a hard life and experienced much at the hands of her husband.  Upon his death, they begin to travel to Canada to find Rachel’s brother Henry.  Riding on horseback, they try to make their way alone.  Rachel is a strong and determined woman who pulled me into her story and caused me to want her to succeed.  She represents exactly the type of woman I think it took to make it in the west.

Seth Grant and his twin brother Samuel are seeking to find their older brother and sister who had already moved west.  During the course of their trip, they come across Rachel and her son.  The immediate response of offering protection and assistance to the Grays touched my heart.  Both men offer true examples of what a Christian man should be like.  

Truly this is a book that is worth reading.  My only complaint would be the somewhat abrupt way the book ends, which would be fine with me if I could go ahead and read the next book in the series.  So stay tuned, I promise I will back with a review of the next book in this series.

About the Author

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Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Guest Post from Misty

Why Christian Historical Romance?

I don’t know about you, but my life can get crazy…busy…chaotic. Historical fiction gives me a haven, allowing me to immerse in a simpler time and place. Add in remote mountain settings—log cabins and horses and snow…what could be better? Sometimes I wish God had let me live a couple centuries ago, but then I remind myself He knew exactly what He was doing. I don’t do well without a shower every day. 😊 And He even lets me go back to that simpler time through stories!

If you’re reading this, you probably enjoy immersing yourself in a good book, too. Story can be such a powerful thing! Becoming an intimate part of the characters’ lives, feeling their struggles—the desperation, the elation, the emotions, the love.

I enjoy reading and writing Christian fiction because it provides a place where I don’t always have to be concerned about inappropriate language or too-graphic love scenes. It’s a “safe zone” where my imagination can escape, living out exciting times and experiencing God-orchestrated happily-ever-afters—without having to clean-up at the end of the day. Can you relate?

I’m excited to share my latest Christian Historical Romance story with you, and hope you enjoy it as much as I loved writing it!

Blog Stops

The Power of Words, December 29

Through the Fire Blogs, December 29

Carpe Diem, December 30

Splashes of JoyDecember 30

A Baker’s Perspective, December 31

Mary Hake, December 31

Pause for Tales, January 1

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 1

Simple Harvest Reads, January 2 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

Connie’s History Classroom, January 2

Among the Reads, January 3

For The Love of Books, January 3

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 4

Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 4

Connect in Fiction, January 5

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 5

Christian Author, J.E. Grace. January 6

Bibliophile Reviews, January 6

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, January 7

Inspiration Clothesline, January 7

Creating Romance, January 8

Texas Book-aholic, January 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 9

Janices book reviews, January 9

Wishful Endings, January 10

Cafinated Reads, January 10

Bigreadersite, January 11

Blossoms and Blessings, January 11

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 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/d9bc/this-homeward-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

Family Friday – January 4, 2019

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So I am going to start a new series for Fridays entitled Family Fridays.  I will discuss the things we have done during the week as a family.  For Christmas, my middle two sons asked for a Nintendo Switch for Christmas.  My mother bought them one as their gift.  Since Christmas, the four have enjoyed playing together and playing with their cousins/friends online.  Well last night, our youngest son decided Dad needed to get in on the action.  So the two of them played together.  Then today, our daughter decided Dad needed to play with her and her brother.  They tried to pull me into their shenanigans as my daughter likes to stay, but I opted to watch and cheer them on instead.  Our oldest son was in the background making comments and watching.  All in all, I think our children are going to get a lot of enjoyment out of this present.

WORDS OF 2019

To continue my posts about my words for the year, I have talked about courage and delight.  So now I am going to conclude by talking about gratitude.  Unfortunately, when I tried to find Bible passages that directly used the word gratitude in the King James version, I could not find any.

Here is what I found when I looked up the word “gratitude” online:

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  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
    “she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support”
    synonyms: gratefulness, thankfulness, thanksappreciationindebtedness

    So I decided to search for passages that included the words “thankfulness or thankful”.

     

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So I decided to search for passages that included the words “thankfulness” or “thankful” and here are some passages I found:

 

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Another passage is:

colossians 3_15 and let the peace of god rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (1)

So if you have chosen a word of the year, I would love to hear from you!

Thankful Thursday for January 3, 2019

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Today I want to begin a list of things I am thankful for:

I want to begin with:

  1. I am thankful for my personal Lord and Savior, who died that I may have life.
  2. I am thankful for a husband who loves and cherishes me.  He is the love of my life and my best friend.  I am so blessed to have him in my life.
  3. I am thankful for our four children.  They bring life and laughter to our world.  From one moment to the next I do not know what to expect from them.
  4. I am thankful for our extended family and friends.  They bring untold blessings and joy to our life.
  5. I am thankful for the homeschooling the community we are part of online and those we have been privileged to know in person.

WORDS OF 2019

Yesterday, I began discussing my words for the year.  I began with delight, and now I want to move on to courage or courageous.  Here are some verses I found:

My first verse is from Joshua 1:7, which states, “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.”  I am taking the verse from the King James Version of the Bible, which is our family’s version of choice.
My second verse is Psalm 27:14 – Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
My third verse for courage/courageous is Acts 28:15 – And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God and took courage.
So have you chosen a word for the year?  I would love to hear from you.

Review of “Hold Me Close”

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

The leisurely life Louis has intended does not include revolution.

Charles Town, South Carolina, 1772—Louis Lestarjette arrives from France without purpose or plans beyond reconnecting with family and making a profit. Finding the town questioning its alliances, Louis must make decisions about the direction in his life, even as he tries to avoid all political conflict. He wonders if he will be able to stay neutral in a battle for independence. When decisive events confront him, Louis finds himself torn between staying with the woman he loves or escaping the coming conflicts.

Elizabeth Elliott trusts that God will hold her close in uncertain and changing times. Faced with difficult decisions about her loyalties, she finds comfort in close friends, a devout sister, and her music. When the mysterious Frenchman with no commitment to God or Charles Town enters her life, he challenges her role in the political battle. She must decide what actions she can take for the cause if any at all.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Marguerite Martin Gray is the author of Hold Me Close, Surround Me, and Bring Me Near– Revolutionary Faith Books One, Two and Three. She enjoys studying history and writing fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches high school Spanish and has degrees in French, Spanish, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and an MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Marguerite is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Abilene Writers Guild, Daughters of the American Revolution, South Carolina Historical Society, and Preservation Society of Charleston. She currently lives in North Louisiana with her husband.

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Hold Me Close takes place in Charles Town, South Carolina on the cusp of the Revolutionary War. At the start of the book, I found Louis, a Frenchman who has just arrived in South Carolina, to be arrogant and obsessed with obtaining wealth, but he gradually took on greater dimensions.

Elizabeth Elliot, on the other hand, delighted me from the start of the book.  I could picture a young lady of her time causing her parents’ great distress by wanting to garden and do other tasks not suited to a young lady of her station.  She demonstrates the characteristics and traits of a true Christian.

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So if you like historical fiction set around the time of the Revolutionary War, check out Hold Me Close for yourself.

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My Words of the Year

WORDS OF 2019

Today is day 2 of 2019 and today I want to reveal my words for the year.  My words for the year are:  delight, gratitude, and courageous.  Here are some passages of Scripture to go along with these words.

For Delight:

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Psalm 37:4 –

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.
Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
I will be back tomorrow to give some Scripture passages to go along with gratitude/grateful.

The First Day of a New Year

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Today is the first day of a new year.  It is a blank slate open to any and all possibilities.  I pray your new year is a blessed and successful one.  I look forward to sharing my thoughts and our family’s experiences this year.

This year I plan on sharing more about our homeschooling adventures, recipes, and life in general.  May your day be blessed.

Review of “Sabotaged Christmas: An Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery” by Carole Brown

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About the Book:

Toni DeLuca, the Italian owner of DeLuca Construction, finds herself confronted with doubts about her father and his possible deceptions—all because of the mysterious pink notes she’s been receiving.

Relations with Perrin Douglas who has a troubling history—but the first man in years who’s interested her—is building to a peak. Yet Perrin’s own personal problems and his doubts about women and God, keep getting in the way.

Gossip, a Spanish proposal, an inheritance, and a sabotaged construction business may ruin Christmas for Toni’s employees as well as her own happiness.

Will a mysterious person succeed in pulling off the biggest scam Appleton, West Virginia has ever seen? And will this culprit destroy Toni’s last chance at happiness with the man of her dreams?

About the Author:

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Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

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At Christmas time everything should bring joy to the world, but for Toni Deluca everything is not joyous.  Someone is trying to sabotage her father’s construction company that Toni now owns.

Perrin Douglas, a writer and widower, has come to Appleton, WV to work on his book.  He intends to hire Toni’s company build an addition on his house, but believes Toni is a man.  Perrin’s son, Blake, likes Toni and is impressed she is running her own construction company.

I found myself wanting to read to the end to find out how the book ends.  So if you love Christmas, mysteries and romance, check out this book for yourself.

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Review of “Escape” by Glenn Haggerty

 

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About the Book

“I’d never seen a dead body before, but I was pretty sure the guy in the car trunk was dead.”

Middle school’s tough, and Tyler Higgins just wants to hang with the cool kids. But Dustin’s idea of quality entertainment is spying on parked cars on Lover’s Lane. When two creeps show up with a body, Tyler doesn’t want to stick around. Then again, he might not have much choice.

About the Author

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Glenn is a member of ACFW, a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, father of six and grandfather of seven. He likes tandem biking and kayaking and lives in Minneapolis with his wife. Glenn is also an award-winning author who combines his love for teaching God’s word with his passion for writing exciting fiction. You can visit him at glennhaggerty.com

Link to Book

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You can find Glenn Haggerty on social media at the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/GlennHaggertyAuthor

https://twitter.com/grhaggertyjr

https://www.instagram.com/glennhaggertyauthor/

https://amazon.com/author/glennhaggerty

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/15943355

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This book about bullying offers a lot of action and captivates the reader.  The book’s target audience is for ages 10 and up and I found it appropriate for those ages.  Based on my initial information about the book, I wanted to really be drawn into this book.  While it had moments where I was drawn into the story, others left me wondering what was going on in the story.  I feel most young people in the target age group will enjoy this book.  So check it out for yourself.

 

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Review of Prayer Warrior Confessions and Giveaway

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About the Book

Prayer Warrior Confessions

Book: Prayer Warrior Confessions

Author: Harriet E. Michael & Shirley Crowder

Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Living, Inspirational

Release Date: November, 2018

Publisher: Write Integrity Press

Come along with other prayer warriors and read their stories. Some of the stories will make you cry while others will make you laugh. Each story ends with a confession from the writer in which he or she shares an insight about prayer or something new they learned through their experience.

Readers of Prayer Warrior Confessions will learn more about prayer as they enjoy the true and candid stories of other people’s experiences with prayer. They see the stories through the writers’ eyes and glean the insights the writers learned.

True stories of prayer in action that will make you cry, laugh, sigh, smile, and stand amazed.

Click here to purchase your copy!

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Prayer Warrior Confessions represents a compilation of real-life testimonies involving prayer.  The authors do a fantastic job of pulling the reader into the book and realizing just how truly powerful prayer can be.  I like how each testimony stands alone so you can take your time reading the book in order to contemplate what importance prayer played in the entry.  This book will inspire, amaze and delight you as you read it.  So if you are looking for a book that demonstrates the tremendous power of prayer, check this book out for yourself.

About the Authors

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The authors, Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael are lifelong friends whose parents served as missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa. Their friendship has spanned across two continents, numerous states, and many, many years. Learn more about them at http://www.WriteIntegrity.com/authors.

Guest Post from Shirley & Harriet

God writes the best stories … and sometimes we get the privilege of recording them.
Co-writers Harriet E. Michael and Shirley Crowder have a common interest in all things Biblical. Over the past few years they have worked together on a series of books on the topic of prayer. “Prayer Warrior Confessions” is the fourth & final book in that series. It is a book filled with true stories of experiences with and lessons learned about prayer. This collection of true stories was written by various contributors who retell a story from their lives about a time they saw prayers answered, and/or learned a new lesson about prayer. These stories are heartwarming, exciting, sad, funny, and will touch your heart in so many ways while also sharing deeper insights into prayer.
Yes, God creates the best stories & He writes them on the parchment of our lives, teaching us lessons through them.

Blog Stops

Real World Bible Study, December 18

A Diva’s Heart, December 19

Just the Write Escape, December 19

Lights in a Dark WorldDecember 20

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 21

Bibliophile Reviews, December 22

Mary Hake, December 23

Texas Book-aholic, December 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 24

Janices book reviews, December 25

Carpe Diem, December 26

A Baker’s Perspective, December 27

Bigreadersite, December 28

the midnight bookaholic, December 29

margaret kazmierczak, December 29 (Interview)

Truth and a Grace Homeschool Academy, December 30

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, December 31

Reading is my Super Power, December 31 (Interview)

Giveaway

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To celebrate their tour, Harriet and Shirley are giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and the whole Prayer Collection set: Prayer It’s Not About You, Study Guide on Prayer–A Companion to Prayer: It’s Not About You, and Glimpses of Prayer, Prayer Warrior Confessions!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stop for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d6d1/prayer-warrior-confessions-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

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Decrease Your Morning Stress

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Are you tired of starting off your days with processed breakfasts, too many carbs or sugars – or maybe no breakfast at all?

 

We all know starting the day with a wholesome breakfast is a game-changer in many ways (boosts metabolism! better brain function! balances blood sugar! kids learn & focus better!) but that doesn’t make it easy to pull off week after week.

 

My friends at Ultimate Bundles have created something to help just in time for the New Year. It’s called the 5-Day Bootcamp to Better Breakfasts: Conquer Morning Stress and Eat Cleaner in 20 Minutes a Day.

 

When you sign up for this bootcamp, you’ll get a daily, short lesson with breakfast planning tips and practical steps for nourishing your family with the first meal of the day (but with less time and stress).

 

You’ll learn smart, time-saving and health-promoting strategies such as:

 

  • How to plan healthier breakfasts in advance so that it’s easier to follow through.
  • Keeping your pantry, fridge and freezer better organized and stocked up through regular inventories.
  • How to easily incorporate veggies into your breakfasts, so you’ll have no excuse not to get a handful of veggie servings in your diet every day.
  • How to save time and set yourself up for success by creating clean-eating, whole-food convenience breakfasts (yes, really!) that you and your kids can grab on your way out the door. #winning
And remember, we’ll be doing ALL of this in just 20 minutes per day. Seriously — set your timer!

 

The 5-day bootcamp starts on December 29th and will run until January 2nd.

 

You’ll receive each day’s tips and task in your inbox bright and early every morning, so you can work it into your schedule at the best time for you!

 

And if you implement each of the 5 daily challenges, by the end of the bootcamp, you’ll be on track to starting each day much healthier, but without the stress. And everyone will magically find their shoes and backpacks in record time. (Okay, that might be pushing it…) 😉

 

Get FREE access to the Better Breakfasts Bootcamp right here: https://ultimatebundles.com/sale/hmpb2019-breakfast-bootcamp?a_aid=a8720&a_bid=c8c655af

 

So check this out for yourself!

 

P.S. Registration for this free 5-day Bootcamp is only open for a few days! Make sure to sign up right away, before it starts on December 29th. 🙂 https://ultimatebundles.com/sale/hmpb2019-breakfast-bootcamp?a_aid=a8720&a_bid=c8c655af