Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: Devotions for the Hungry Heart by:Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

 Devotions for the Hungry Heart: Chasing Jesus Six Days from Sunday
About the Book:
This simple little book of story-based devotions will change your world, one day at a time.

"Whether you have a healthy craving for more Jesus, or the barely discernible taste for a relationship with Him that seems beyond your reach, the glorious truth is that God put that hunger in your heart in the first place, and He is more willing to fan that flame than you or I could ever be."
--From the Introduction

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, the Belle of All Things Southern, is back with a devotional guide for the Jesus-hungry heart. Grounded in scripture and offered in the author’s signature storytelling style, this devotional invites you to God's table for a continual feast. With six prominent themes including Sharing, Needing, Celebrating, Praying, Surrendering, and Being Intentional, you'll be challenged and encouraged to develop God-honoring traits in your spiritual life.

A delightful companion book to Tomlinson’s Hungry Is a Mighty Fine Sauce, Devotions for the Hungry Heart features a bonus full-color insert featuring more than a dozen mouthwatering recipes plus photos. You're guaranteed to find nourishment for your body as well as your spirit!

My Review:
 A girl needs a good strong devotional to get through the days ahead, especially when those days are laced with a lot of uncertainty and stress. In Shellie Rushing Tomlinson's book Devotions for the Hungry Heart she conveys the things we need the most from the bread of life. Food for the spirit never looked so good, y'all!

 She takes us along on her spiritual journey in the hopes that we will learn from it and see Christ in it. A hungry heart, it turns out is a heart full of many things that one might not expect, at first. The author teaches us those things and in a mighty way. I really enjoyed her book for many reasons but the fact that she is southern to the core, may have swayed me a little further. This book is a great way to grow closer to Jesus.

 A typical devotion with a backbone of the Bible with life lessons sprinkled throughout and a rendering of Christ Jesus that will make you slap your mama. A fantastic way to get you some Jesus!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: Troubled Waters by:Susan May Warren

 Troubled Waters (Montana Rescue #4)
About the Book:
Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants--except a happy ending. Or at least that's what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra's relationship.

My Review:
 This is not a stand along book, it is part of the Montana Rescue series. With that being said, I think it drew a conclusion to Ian ans Sierra's story even though it wasn't what I expected. Ian, in my opinion is a troubled man. He has a lot of unanswered questions and for some people that will stop their life in its tracks and they will be unable or unwilling to move forward at all. And so it goes with Ian. He is in love with Sierra Rose but his family is troubled right now and because of that his life is at a stand still.

 With everything increasing along in the story at a steady yet rapid rate we learn do much more about the two of these characters. This book sort of gives us an ending tied in a bow, sort of speak. Ian finally learns everything he wondered so long about when these two get stranded away from everyone and everything. What was great was they were able to finally share what they both always knew.

 We are also introduced to the next two characters that will possibly be in the next installment in the series, Pete and Jess. They seem like good strong characters as well. So I'm really excited about the next addition to the series! Susan May Warren has a unique way that she presents her characters and I really enjoy her writing.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome by:Nancy C. Anderson

 Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome: How to Grow Affair-Proof Hedges Around Your Marriage
About the Book:
Extramarital affairs are certainly not the social taboo that they once were, and may be more prevalent now than ever. Unfortunately, Christians are not exempt. With the anonymity of the Internet and the privacy of personal mobile phones, the temptation to cheat on one's spouse has fertile ground to grow.

After straying to the other side of this marital fence--and returning to find forgiveness and restoration--Anderson brings this practical book about predicting and preventing an extramarital affair. Based on the principle that the grass is always greener when it's watered, Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome focuses on how to grow a beautiful marriage by establishing six protective hedges around it.

This second edition includes a new chapter on repairing marriage following infidelity, as well as an appendix considering the Andersons' own marriage before and after the affair from Ron's point of view.

My Review: 
 The author shares some somewhat painful experiences from her own life in a way to help fix other marriages that may be in trouble or at least seemingly headed that way. These days affairs run rampant around us whether you are in a christian marriage or not nothing seems off limits for the devil to infiltrate and literally destroy within seconds. The author shows how easy this can happen and how at every turn we should be on guard and ready to fight for our marriages and our families. 

 The author shares many life lessons from others as well and she shows us that there are questions we can ask ourselves and tidbits to look for that may warn us of impending trouble. A great guide to realizing that the spouse God has chosen for us is the perfect mate for us as long as they love the Lord, want to create a better long standing marriage and will do everything in their power to protect it, at all costs.

 A great guidebook to all things marriage! Great wedding gift! 

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Review: Andi Lassos Trouble & Andi to the Rescue by:Susan K. Marlow

 Andi Lassos Trouble (Circle C Stepping Stones #3)Andi to the Rescue (Circle C Stepping Stones #4)
About the Books:
Andi Lassos Trouble
 When the Circle C ranch decides to host a rodeo competition with two other ranches, dozens of cowboys are eager to prove they're the best riders and ropers in the valley. But they're not the only ones who want to show off their skills--Andi aims to lasso her way to the prizes, even if big brother Chad says the contest isn't for kids.

The roundup is meant to be a time for food, fun, and friendship. But before Andi can prove she's got what it takes to be a real cowgirl, the day turns dangerous. Will a friendly rodeo turn into a range war between ranchers and sheepherders? Can Andi and her family keep their neighbors--and themselves--safe?

Andi to the Rescue
 This is so embarrassing. Andi's teacher, Miss Hall, is sick--and Mother is the substitute teacher. What will Andi's friends think?

But it turns out embarrassment is the last thing Andi needs to worry about when two outlaws kidnap Andi and her mother after school in a case of mistaken identity! They can't even tell the kidnappers a mistake has been made without putting themselves in even more danger.

Now they're being held in a remote cabin until Mother can teach the man in charge how to read--and he's willing to go to any length to make it happen. Andi must escape and find help. But can she lead a rescue party back to Mother before the outlaws take their new teacher--and disappear forever?

My Review:
 Andi Lassos Trouble
Andi is all about her horses and the Circle C Ranch. I guess you can say its her life and it always will be. Andi also has a habit of finding herself in awkward positions from time to time. When the chance for Andi to preform in a real life grown rodeo presents itself, Andi just has to go against the rules. While it may seem that Andi knows her horses and rodeoing this one proves too much for her to handle because there is a war about to take place between the adults and poor Andi finds herself in the middle.

Andi to the Rescue
Poor Andi! She is always finding trouble either for herself or those around her. Of course, it's not her fault that trouble seems to follow her. Boy, she has herself in a fix this time and her poor mother is along for the ride. Andi and her mom have to time everything just right in this nail biter, if not bad things could happen. How will Andi see herself out of this one?

The author makes the best readers for this genre. She takes real life similarities and she creates a fictional tale that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Age appropriate writing and events and its not too serious but not too boring. She walks a fine line between both and can keep the reader entertained, whether it be young or old. You are sure to like the Circle C Stepping Stones series.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Review: Holding the Fort by:Regina Jennings

 Holding the Fort (Fort Reno #1)
About the Book:
When dance hall singer Louisa Bell visits Fort Reno to see her brother, she is mistaken for the governess that the harried Major Daniel Adams is waiting for. Between his rowdy troops and his two daughters, he has more responsibility than he can handle alone. Eager for the opportunity, Louisa sets out to show the widower that she is a perfect fit.

My Review:
 Louisa Bell has never been one to complain so when she is handed a job in the local brothel, she decides she has no other choice but to take the bull by the horns. That is until she see an opportunity as a governess for Major Adams two daughters that seem beyond his control. Louisa is perfect for the job, she is kind hearted and willing to help anyone even if its Major Adams' rowdy daughters. She makes the perfect governess for this family.

 Regina Jennings is best known for her quirky novels that present a well cast of characters and a strong plotline, but what I like the most is all the comedy or funny nonsense that takes place in each of her books. She is so good at this her books could literally be made for television. Great story! A winner for book one in The Fort Reno series.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Review: The Lacemaker by:Laura Frantz

 The Lacemaker
About the Book:
When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.

My Review:
 No one thought that the Revolutionary War would get this volatile this quickly, but it did and everyone was at risk of either being caught in the crossfire as a civilian or expected to choose a side. Liberty had no other choice to make and when she chose to stand behind the lines like she did, she took on more responsibility than maybe she was ready to endure.

 Liberty knew she was taking chances, chances that were far too big for a lacemaker from Virginia, but she couldn't just stand by and do nothing. Something had to be done to save patriot Noble and Liberty felt like she was the one to do just that.

 So with stunning preciseness and calming intrigue and heart wrenching characters that draw you in not only to experience the love and betrayal contained in the pages but also the mystery of who is doing what to whom. It was really a fascinating story with well thought out characters and a great story line.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Review: Staying Stylish by:Candace Cameron Bure

 Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style, and Attitude
About the Book:

Join Candace Cameron Bure, actress best known as D.J. Tanner from Full House and a New York Times bestselling author, whose faith and wit have delighted audiences for decades, as she lets you in on her best-kept secrets for Staying Stylish. This gorgeous manual for beauty, style, health, and spiritual wellness will be your one-stop shop for everything you need to live your most stylish life.
As an actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure has spent her entire life in the spotlight, and she is well aware of the pressures and forces many women face. Throughout her career, Candace has balanced her faith, family, and passion for work and found her spot as role model to women of all ages—and as a style icon.

In her brand-new book Staying Stylish, Candace invites you behind the scenes of her day-to-day life and shares over 100 tips and tricks for looking and feeling your best—both inside and out. Nurture your body, style, and soul as you read through this beautiful book full of photos, insider secrets, and exciting ideas to revamp your own life into its best possible version. She offers her insight into balance, spiritual growth, and looking great while doing it all.

Staying Stylish topics will include personal style, fresh hair and makeup for any age, a well-balanced diet and fitness regime, and a well-nourished spirit.

My Review:
 The author has always had a love for all things fashion. It shows, too. We see her on the television and she is the epitome of every wife and mother out there, but she has a sort of flair with her styling that a lot of us don't have. So when this book come along, I had to have it. I have to know Candace's secrets.

 The best part of the book in my opinion is where Candace not only lets us in on her private thoughts about fashions and trends but where she shares her love for Jesus. Nourishing your spirit is even more important than nourishing your body and she shares this sentiment, as well. She tells us what she does to help enrich her spiritual walk and she even shares some of her favorite books, too. A great read and it give me a look into the Candace Cameron Bure.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.