Didn’t Quite Shine

It is rare that I don’t have plenty to say about a Bethany House-published book, but unfortunately that is the case with Tracie Peterson’s new release, and the first story in the “Golden Gate Secrets” series. Continue reading

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A Charming Historical Series Continues

The “London Beginnings” historical series, written by Jennifer Delamere and published by Bethany House, began with the charming story of “The Captain’s Daughter” and now continues with “The Heart’s Appeal”. Set in 1881 England, this novel is quick to draw readers in and sweep them away into a captivating tale of courage and determination to follow God’s will – no matter what the cost. Continue reading

A Fantastic Start to a New Series by New-to-Me Suspense Author Lynn H. Blackburn

I will admit, I am quite discriminating about the Christian Romantic Suspense novels that I read. They need to be well-written and believable, fast-paced but not too difficult to follow, and contain the right amount of suspense without being extremely graphic and/or troubling. . . I don’t ask for much, right?! So you’ll understand my excitement when I DO find a novel in this genre that is as good as I hoped for, especially when it is written by a new-to-me author! “Beneath the Surface” is the first book in Lynn H. Blackburn’s new series of “Dive Team Investigations” published by Revell, and is certain to impress fans of Lynette Eason and Irene Hannon. Continue reading

A One-Of-A-Kind Home Decorating Book!

I just found a new home decorating book that is SO. MUCH. FUN!! “The DIY Home Planner: Practical Tips & Inspiring Ideas to Decorate It Yourself” was written by KariAnne Wood (with artwork by Michal Sparks) and published by Harvest House in the Spring of 2018. Overflowing with fabulous tips and doable instructions to help anyone realize their decorating dreams, this book oozes delightful whimsy, a contagious can-do attitude, and loads of practical advice – who could ask for more?! Continue reading

The Second Cimarron Creek Story

If you are a fan of Christian Historical Fiction, the name Amanda Cabot is likely one you’ve come across before. As the bestselling author of “A Stolen Heart” – book number one in the “Cimarron Creek Trilogy” – Ms. Cabot shares stories that will inspire your heart and intrigue your imagination. “A Borrowed Dream”, her newest book and the sequel to “A Stolen Heart”, was published by Revell in the spring of 2018.

“A Borrowed Dream” is a novel that truly contains a bit of everything… Romance, heartache, mystery, deception, joy, hate and love. Continue reading

Joyful and Inspiring Ideas for Your Own Celebrations

Gorgeous. Stunning. Inspiring. Picture-perfect. These adjectives, and so many more, accurately describe a beautiful new party-planning cookbook entitled “So Much to Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through”. Written by Katie Jacobs of the food and lifestyle blog “Styling My Everyday”, and published by Thomas Nelson, this volume is so much more than a cookbook. . . It is a work of art that will inspire you to “create meaningful, extraordinary celebrations that foster lifelong memories with the ones you love.” Continue reading

An Action-Packed, History-Filled, Heart-Melting Adventure – guest review by Hayley

“The Sea Before Us” is the first of a brand new series that Sarah Sundin’s readers have been eagerly anticipating. After reading the first installment of the “Sunrise at Normandy” trilogy, I can see that this series is staying true to the author’s trademark of military adventures, and presents a brand new story of Texas-born Lieutenant Wyatt Paxton of the United States Navy, and British-born Second Officer Dorothy Fairfax of the Royal Navy.  After immensely enjoying this author’s previous series, “Waves of Freedom,” I was thrilled to join these new characters in their story which, unlike “Waves of Freedom,” takes place in Europe as opposed to the United States. Continue reading

Breathtaking and Unforgettable

Have you ever read a novel that was so remarkably unique, masterfully written, and utterly compelling that it almost left you speechless with amazement? Lisa T. Bergren’s new story, which is book number one in “The Sugar Baron’s Daughters” series, is a historical novel that is nothing short of a masterpiece, and will sweep you away to a time and place that seems almost like another world (but one that is vivid and alive and fascinating all at the same time). “Keturah” takes place in 1772. It begins in England, but through the course of the book we journey with the characters as they travel to a new life (though not the one they would have chosen) and the legacy their father left them on the Caribbean isle of Nevis. Continue reading

Fascinating Insight for Everyday Parables

Have you ever considered that your work, no matter what it is, matters very much to God? That in fact, your work is a method God wants to use to speak to you, as well as through you? “Every Job a Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses & Astronauts Tell Us About God” is an insightful new book written by Calgary, Alberta pastor John Van Sloten and published by NavPress that unpacks these questions with great insight and thought-provoking depth.

So what exactly is “Every Job a Parable” about? Well, as John explains, through the pages of this book “you’ll encounter God’s revelation through various vocational parables, as shared with me by the people I interviewed. You’ll learn how a firefighter’s passion is like God’s, how the nature of automotive restoration uniquely reflects the renewing mind of God, how the cultural product of the culinary arts reveals something of the hospitable heart of God, and how a geophysicist’s search for subterranean truth informs humanity’s collective search for God’s truth.” Continue reading

The Hope Harbor Saga Continues. . .

It’s the time of year I’ve come to anticipate for four years in a row… when we can grab a cup of tea, find a shady spot in the backyard, and take the journey to the sweet little (fictional) town of Hope Harbor, “where hearts heal . . . and love blooms”! The newest installment in Irene Hannon’s beloved, ongoing, contemporary romance series from Revell is “Pelican Point”, and brings us the story of two unlikely people brought together in a quest to save a town landmark – a lighthouse – and perhaps find healing for their hearts at the same time. Continue reading