“A Plain Leaving: The Sisters of Lancaster County Book #1” ~Leslie Gould~ Review

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Synopsis:

Gould Offers a New Amish Series in Idyllic Lancaster County

At age twenty, Jessica Bachman left her two beloved sisters and her Amish community after clashing with the new bishop about her role in the family and the future of their farm. She tried to convince Silas Kemp, who’d been courting her for two years, to join her, but when he said no, she fled anyway.

Three years later, she returns home for the first time since leaving Lancaster to attend her father’s funeral. Her arrival back revives all sorts of emotions–yearnings and sorrows alike. Jessica knows things will never return to how they were. But in seeing Silas again, she can’t help but wonder what might have been.

Struggling to decide where her next step should take her, she learns the story of a Revolutionary War-era ancestor that echoes her own choices. Will Jessica leave her family and community forever, or is there peace and healing and love yet to come?

Author:

Leslie Gould is the best-selling and award-winning author of twenty-five novels. She loves traveling, research, Shakespeare’s plays, and church history. She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon and are the parents of four children. http://www.lesliegould.com/

 Review:

LOVED this book! I don’t read Amish-centered novels very often but this one is so good! A story within a story we find out so much about the women in the Bachmann family. There is a lot of characters but it doesn’t make you get lost with the story. It is very easy to read and has such a perfect story! I love how it intertwines the present and the past. Jessica Bachmann (the main leading lady) has been through so much and she is so strong! Stronger than I would be in her situation. We learn so much about her and her family through the two stories and it is such a fantastic read!

This author is such a fantastic writer! She knows how to take you on a wild ride while keeping you guessing! I kept trying to guess what would happen next and I kept guessing it wrong! She really knows how to keep you on your toes! Loved this book and I would totally recommend it!!!!

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“Terry Treetop and the Christmas Star” ~Tali Carmi~ Review

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Synopsis:

Can Terry Treetop save little Sammy and have a truly merry Christmas?

This charming picture book will show your child that reaching out to help others is an important part of the Christmas spirit. It features Terry Treetop, a red-headed, freckled young boy who loves to climb trees. Christmas is in the air, and Terry is busy getting his family’s Christmas tree ready with his Dad when he notices a small, helpless creature in danger. Terry runs out into the deep snow and puts his famous tree-climbing talents into play. Will he be able to save little Sammy and then enjoy Christmas with a furry new friend?
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Author:

Tali Carmi spent her childhood in a small town in the desert.
She memorized and knew by heart many books that her parents read to her when she was very little. She played with words and rhymes and wrote her first book of songs at the age of ten.
After many years of turning to other hobbies and maintaining a successful career, she now writes again for young children.
Tali is the CEO and founder of a software company and a business coach focused on the fast growth and success of small businesses.
She holds a B.Sc. in Food Science and M.Sc.in Biotechnology, and she is a graduate of a Team Management and Leadership program.
Tali Carmi is happily married and a mom of three children.

Visit Tali’s website: www.thekidsbooks.com

Review:

Such a cute book! This is perfect for this time of year! It is a very nice little Christmas time story that carries a great message! Terry the little boy of the story is kind, caring and teaches littles to be nice to others even if they are animals! It is the perfect story for beginning readers or just to read as a family. It is short and sweet but packs a great message! The illustrations are nicely done and my kids absolutely loved looking at the pictures!

The pictures are vibrant and beautiful! Kept my kids attention throughout the entire book! Love, love, love this book and so do my kiddos! 🙂 We have read this book over and over again! It is definitely something I would recommend!!! 🙂 🙂

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“Starstruck: A Lovestruck Novel” ~Rachel Schurig~ Review

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Synopsis:

Sofia Flores has had a crush on Jackson Coles for as long as she can remember. And she’s hardly the only one. After all, Jackson is one of the most famous movie stars in the entire world. Sofie never imagined she’d get any closer to her fantasy crush than admiring him on the big screen. Real life just doesn’t work that way.

But everything changes when her cousin Lizzie marries Jackson’s co-star, Thomas. Suddenly, Sofie finds herself actually meeting Jackson Coles, up close and personal. It’s every fan girl’s dream come true. And to Sofie’s shock, Jackson seems just as excited to spend time with her.

Despite Jackson’s attentions, Sofie knows that real life is rarely like the movies. Real life means struggling as a single mother, running out of money, and dealing with a loving but frustratingly obtrusive family. Not to mention the heaps of Baby Daddy Drama that continue to plague her…and threaten to take away the very thing she holds most dear in life. There’s simply no room in her life to go chasing after a movie star, even one as gorgeous as Jackson Coles.

But when Jackson shows that he’s more than willing to do the chasing, Sofie has a big decision to make. Will she play it safe? Or will she risk everything for the perfect Hollywood happily ever after?

Author:

Rachel Schurig lives in the metro Detroit area with her dog, Lucy. She loves to watch reality TV and she reads as many books as she can get her hands on. In her spare time, Rachel decorates cakes. Her THREE GIRLS series is available now from Amazon!

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Review:

This should be read after Sofie and the Movie Star: A Short Lovestruck Story.

As always a fantastic read! This is one of those series that you just can’t get enough of! Luckily this author is amazing and she ties up all the loose ends and doesn’t leave you wanting more and then doesn’t provide it! Each character gets a perfect ending and this is the perfect ending to Jackson and Sofie’s story!

We have seen bits and pieces of the relationship throughout some of the other books but this book is completely them! Jackson loves Sofie even if she doesn’t want to believe it! They each try to deny the attraction feeling it is the best solution, but is it really?!? I don’t think so! They are totally made for each other and the way that Jackson dotes on Sofie and her daughter is super adorable! This is one of those fairytales that you wish it was your life instead of Sofie’s lol!

So anyways….fantastic writing….fantastic story! Seriously the perfect story. Boy meets girl…they try not to fall for each other….once they finally give in to each other… the world is right and they are the cutest thing ever! Sofie goes through so much throughout this series and she deserves a man that will fawn over her and her daughter! I love how Jackson steps up and seriously saves the damn day… He is her knight in shining armor and man is he fantastic! Can I meet him?!?? Just kidding! ;0

Go read this series!!!

The order:

  1. Lovestruck in London
  2. Lovestruck in Los Angeles
  3. Lovestruck Forever
  4. Lovestruck at Christmas
  5. Sofie and the Movie Star: A Short Lovestruck Story
  6. Starstruck
  7. Star Crossed: A Lovestruck Story

 

 

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“Star Crossed: A Lovestruck Novel” ~Rachel Schurig~Review

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Synopsis:

Lola Fischer is in big trouble.

Lola’s name and celebrity gossip have always gone hand-in-hand—that’s just the price she pays for being young, beautiful, and famous in Hollywood. But when the paparazzi catches her in a steamy embrace with one half of America’s favorite movie star couple, Lola knows things are about to get bad.

If Lola wants to keep working in this town, she’s going to need some major image rehab. According to her publicist, what Lola really needs is an All-American boyfriend to salvage her bad-girl reputation. Sam Medina is the perfect choice to play the part—hard-working, decent, and decidedly not famous.

He’s also sexy as hell. And he’s interested in being a lot more than a pretend boyfriend.

Lola needs someone to save her career, not fight for her heart. But Sam refuses to follow the script…

Author:

Rachel Schurig lives in the metro Detroit area with her dog, Lucy. She loves to watch reality TV and she reads as many books as she can get her hands on. In her spare time, Rachel decorates cakes. Her THREE GIRLS series is available now from Amazon!

You can visit Rachel at http://rachelschurig.com

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Review:

I have come to love all of the characters of this series! Except for Lola, she was always snooty and sooooo mean to Lizzie. She always came off as a spoiled rich girl who you loved to hate! But she finally has a chance to tell her story and boy is it a doozy. In this book we learn all kinds of things about Lola and her past. You begin to have a new appreciation for the character and feel sorry for all the things she has gone through.

This book really opened my eyes to what Lola was going through and a great reminder to not always judge a book by its cover. She has been through so much and has put up this tough-guy exterior that it is so hard for her to get along with people! She really comes out in this book and has a whirlwind romance with the hunky brother of Lizzie, Samuel. He is hot, he is steamy and the way he feels about Lola rocks her entire being. She isn’t used to the love and attention that he is willing to give to her.

A fantastic read and a great redeeming of a character! Love Rachel Schurig’s writing and love love loved this series! Such an awesome story!!!! 🙂

TOTALLY RECOMMEND ALL OF THIS SERIES!!!
YOU NEED TO READ ALL OF THEM!

 

The order:

  1. Lovestruck in London
  2. Lovestruck in Los Angeles
  3. Lovestruck Forever
  4. Lovestruck at Christmas
  5. Sofie and the Movie Star: A Short Lovestruck Story
  6. Starstruck
  7. Star Crossed: A Lovestruck Story

 

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“Lovestruck at Christmas” ~Rachel Schurig~ Review

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Synopsis:

Lizzie and Thomas return for a Christmas story about home, happiness, and holiday surprises!

Author:

Rachel Schurig lives in the metro Detroit area with her dog, Lucy. She loves to watch reality TV and she reads as many books as she can get her hands on. In her spare time, Rachel decorates cakes. Her THREE GIRLS series is available now from Amazon!

You can visit Rachel at http://rachelschurig.com

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Review:

SOOOOOO I totally read these out of order!!! It was super confusing with each of the book descriptions, to know which one actually comes next! So I read them out of order which was soooooo confusing!! But I totally enjoyed all of these books!

In this book we are with Lizzie and Thomas as they try to overhaul their new house that they bought. They love it in London but they are getting frustrated with renovations! Being married only 5 weeks they are still relishing in the fact that they are married but Lizzie starts to get frustrated with Thomas! His DIY attitude is making it difficult to live with him! Hilarity ensues as we watch them try to take on these enormous projects that the new house requires. Once again Lizzie is amazed by the power of friends and family!

So they are off to Christmas where there are surprises galore! It is exciting and fun and pretty much the end of the Lizzie and Thomas story. We see them through the other books but this is the last book that they are the main characters of. I have loved their story! I love these books and Rachel Schurig is an amazing author! You have to go check out this series!! But make sure to read it in the right order!!!

The order:

  1. Lovestruck in London
  2. Lovestruck in Los Angeles
  3. Lovestruck Forever
  4. Lovestruck at Christmas
  5. Sofie and the Movie Star: A Short Lovestruck Story
  6. Starstruck
  7. Star Crossed: A Lovestruck Story

 

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A Giveaway!!

First of all it is almost Christmas!!! YAY one of my favorite times of the year!!!! So to celebrate my holiday cheer I am running not one but TWO different giveaways!

The first one is from my new favorite author Devney Perry! She is amazing and her series is super duper freaking awesome!!!!!

Enter below!!! There are two chances to win her book the “Coppersmith Farmhous~ Jamison Valley Series #1” IT IS FANTASTIC!!!

 

Amazon giveaway! Win here.

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The second one is also a fantastic book and the perfect Christmas themed novel!! Great to get you in the Christmasy mood!!

Enter below! “Covent Garden in the Snow” By Jules Wake

Amazon Giveaway! Enter here.

 

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“Vanishing Point: A Nikki Boyd Novel” ~Lisa Harris~ Review

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Synopsis:

During Garrett Addison’s first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She’s the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common–a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.

The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies–number six–Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn’t have what it takes to be an agent. What he’ll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him–or Jordan.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki’s sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.

Author:

Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 and 2015 from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of more than thirty books, including VendettaMissing, Pursued, and the Southern Crimes series, Harris and her family have spent thirteen years living as missionaries in southern Africa. Learn more at www.lisaharriswrites.com.

Review:

This is the first book that I have ever read by this author but OMG I loved it!! It is a series book but definitely can be read as a standalone. It is suspenseful and full of surprises. The characters are amazing! Garret and Jordan have an interesting past, one with heartache and a forever longing for one another. Brought together over a missing persons case, it seems to give them a second chance at a relationship…maybe??

I am a huge fan of crime books/shows/movies! This is one of those books that really just gets to you. You feel so bad for the families of the missing girls and it really just hits home, especially since I have little kids! It scares the crap out of me that things like this really happens! Years go by and they still can’t figure out who is behind the kidnappings. It’s scary, suspenseful, full of mystery and a little bit of romance thrown into the mix.

There is so much that happens in this book, you really have to keep up with every little detail. Details about Jordan and Garrett’s past, details about the cases, the families, etc. BUT it is not hard to follow! There are a ton of characters, but the way the author writes this it is not confusing whatsoever. It is fantastically written and a really great book! I can’t wait to read other books by this author!

I RECOMMEND IT!!!!

 

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“Indiscretion” ~Hannah Fielding~ Review

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Synopsis:

A young woman’s journey of discovery takes her to a world of forbidden passion, savage beauty – and revenge.

Spring, 1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family.

Instead of providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are riven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and traditions of Andalucía, all of which are alien to Alexandra.

Among the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra’s destiny hold for her in this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is ritually poured on to the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arenas, mysterious gypsies are embroiled in magic and revenge, and beautiful dark-eyed dancers hide their secrets behind elegant lacy fans?

 Indiscretion is a story of love and identity, and the clash of ideals in the pursuit of happiness. But can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are never far away?

Author:

Hannah Fielding was born and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt,  the granddaughter of Esther Fanous, a revolutionary feminist and writer in Egypt during the early 1900s.  Upon graduating with a BA in French literature from Alexandria University she travelled extensively throughout Europe and lived in Switzerland, France and England. After marrying her English husband, she settled in Kent and subsequently had little time for writing while bringing up two children, looking after dogs and horses, and running her own business renovating rundown cottages.  Hannah now divides her time between her homes in England, Ireland and the South of France. She has written five novels, Indiscretion,Masquerade, Legacy (the Andalucían Nights Trilogy), Burning Embers, and The Echoes of Love. Hannah’s books have won various awards including, Gold Medal for romance at the Independent Publisher Book Awards (The Echoes of Love), and Gold and Silver Medals for romance at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards (Indiscretion and Masquerade). Indiscretion has also won Best Romance at the USA Best Book Awards.

Review:

Great book! This is my first from this author and I am so glad that I read it! It is seductive and wonderful. The amount of detail that Hannah put into this book is amazing and super realistic. I felt like I was living right along side Alexandra. Alexandra is our beautiful, successful heroine that you can’t help but love. She is a successful writer and has really made a name for herself. She is spunky and knows what she wants in life. Being abandoned by her father and his royal family definitely put a damper on her life, but she doesn’t let it stop her.

The day her father shows up at her door surprises her and ends up being a fantastic journey through her past and to her future. Her future being a hunky man that is super drool worthy. The passionate story that unfolds is tasteful and doesn’t overwhelm the story. You can’t help but fall in love with all of the characters, the surroundings and just the overall feeling of the book. It is well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it from the beginning!

I would definitely recommend! I can’t wait to check out other books by this author!

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Review of Revlon ColorStay Exactify Liquid Liner

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I received the Revlon ColorStay Exactify™ Liquid Liner from Crowdtap in exchange for an honest review. I don’t know if I am just not very good at makeup or what the deal is. I DO NOT like this product. I get where they are coming from for easier application (it’s a wheel instead of a brush) but it is horrible!

First of all the little wheel is super thin, which results in a super thin line on your eye. Personally I like my lines a little thicker so I went over my eye a couple times and ugh…..it looked like a child did it. The lines were not even whatsoever, which is frustrating! I honestly would rather use my eyeliner pencil. I tried to fix the lines and remove the funky parts but it didn’t want to come off.

Second thing that I did not like about this product is the fact that it made my eyelashes crunchy. Once I had applied the eyeliner I got interrupted by someone being at my door. So a few minutes had passed before I was able to finish my makeup. But it had dried on my eyelashes and they were literally crunchy. It was like I had just smeared a small bit of mascara on my lashes.

I was so frustrated at this point that I just grabbed some face wipes and took off the eyeliner. It was not worth the hassle and the mess. AND nowhere on the bottle or packaging does it say waterproof, but I had a horrible time getting it off of my face. I know the package says wear for up to 24 hrs which is fantastic if I actually liked the product. I would not ever buy this and I am glad that I was able to try it without spending a bunch on it. I would not recommend this product! I am positive there are other products out there that are much better!

 

 

Review of Splenda Naturals: Sugar and Stevia Blend

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I received this sample from Crowdtap to give a honest review. I really am not a huge fan of it and I don’t plan on baking with it anytime soon. It is horrible on its own, good sugary beginning but a nasty aftertaste. Mixed with a drink of some sort definitely makes it better! I love my flavored teas and this is great for something like that! It also covers the weird aftertaste. But still I would not use this on anything else ;0

 

Won’t be buying anytime soon but would recommend it for those who want to cut down on sugar content!