“For Once In My Life” ~Cynthia Roberts~ Review

Synopsis:

Christina Morandt spent most of her young adult life perfecting her talent and then performing worldwide as the prima ballerina for the Savannah Ballet Theatre. When she decides to retire at the peak of her career, she returns to Savannah to open her own dance studio and settle into a life of comfort and solitude.

Captain Garret Rickford is a seasoned Apache helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army, who is awarded a head instructor position at the Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia after serving four tours carrying out assault and rescue missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. He returns home, while secretly battling the haunting traumas of war and the death of his dearest friend and fellow comrade.

She was raised on a horse ranch in Wyoming. He was raised in the Highlands of Scotland. They were opposites in so many ways, each never expecting to cross paths with the other. But, they did, and when the spark of attraction ignited, there was no extinguishing the passion once it flamed out of control.

Author:

My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a
young family. It wasn’t until much later in life, that I actually took up the pen to write
and my first historical romance, Wind Warrior was born. I don’t fit into one specific
genre. When the ideas start to flow, lord only knows what category they’ll fit into **wink
wink **

I wish I could have gotten to this point in my career much sooner rather than later, but
life simply got in the way far too many times. Because of those multiple detours,
however, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer and can draw upon
those painful moments in my past, when I need to create the kind of raw human emotion
I want my readership to feel.

It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in
knowing, “Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful
possibilities.”

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Review:

This is the third book in the series that I have had the pleasure of reading. Cynthia Roberts definitely knows how to keep your attention and keep you coming back for more. Time after time the book is excellently written, with characters you love and a story that does not disappoint. I was asked to review this series without any previous knowledge of the books or the author but I have not been disappointed in my decision to review at all! The names of the books are what caught my attention, I am a lover of music, so I knew I just had to read these!!! 🙂

Even though it is the third book in the series it can be read as a standalone. It is a fantastic read! If you love romance and a bit of seriousness then these are the books for you! For Once In My Life is a wonderful love story between a retired prima ballerina turned teacher, Christina, and Captain Garret Rickford, an Apache helicopter pilot. A chance meeting in the gorgeous town of Savannah causes sparks to fly between them, igniting possibly something more?

It always amazes me how this author can address real life issues and intertwine them into a wonderful love story. In this story we get a touch of how PTSD can affect the lives of the ones we love. She brings this story to life and enfolds us into these characters lives. She shows us that sometimes life doesn’t go how we have planned. Sometimes we need to let go of what is holding us back and look to the future, so that we can embrace the good things that are to come!

Fantastic read and I definitely recommend this book and all the others in the series to everyone! Please do yourself a favor and go find them! Buy links are below! 🙂 🙂

 

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“Strangers in the Night” ~Cynthia Roberts~ Review

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Synopsis:

What happens when two strangers meet in a crowded bar on a Caribbean vacation and one is disinterested, while the other is totally intrigued? Fate happens. Only one role will play out in the end. It will lead to either a happy ending, or simply a chance meeting tucked away in a memory book.

John Rinaldi, doesn’t want to be just a memory. He’s determined to win the heart of the beautiful and elusive, Samantha Michaels. She not only captured his interest, but she proves a woman he’s determined to have in his life forever. She just doesn’t know it yet.

Author:

My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn’t until much later in life, that I actually took up the pen to write and my first historical romance, Wind Warrior was born. I don’t fit into one specific genre. When the ideas start to flow, lord only knows what category they’ll fit into **wink wink **

I wish I could have gotten to this point in my career much sooner rather than later, but life simply got in the way far too many times. Because of those multiple detours, however, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer and can draw upon those painful moments in my past, when I need to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel.

Review:

Another great book from Cynthia Roberts! She definitely does not disappoint! Great characters and a beautiful story! Wow! This book had me from the beginning, not only did I fall in love with the characters but being set in the Caribbean made it seem like I was on vacation! A Caribbean vacation?? Yes please! Love story? Yes please! I absolutely love the beach and how cool would that be to find your one true love on a vacation?!?!?!?

This is the second book in the Love Song Standards and it is amazing! The author knows how to grab your attention and keeps you interested throughout the entire book. Samantha and Kathy have just gotten out of bad relationships and are looking for a fresh start. It is a much needed girls vacation for them and they are ready to get away from life. This book gets into the sad reality of relationship abuse, whether it is physical, mental or emotional, and how it affects people. They get out of their comfort zones and push each other down the road to healing.

Samantha might not have been expecting to fall for anyone, especially a man she meets in a bar on vacation. But she meets John, a handsome gentleman that falls for her immediately. Samantha is still healing, but as their friendship blooms so does love. Such an amazing story! A great story from start to finish, one that will keep you engrossed until the end. I love the way the author incorporates real life problems into the story and helps you to relate to each character. A beautiful love story! Please go check it out! You will not be disappointed!!!!!

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“Can’t Buy Forever” ~Susan Laffoon~ Review

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Synopsis:

In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakeable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.

Author:

Susan Laffoon knows whereof she writes having been raised in Glens Falls, in upstate
New York. There, the Hudson River and the boulders that lie in its path, is Cooper’s Cave, a hide-a-way made famous in James Fedimore Cooper’s novel, ‘Drums Along The Mohawk.’ She visited this impressive attraction often growing up and listened to the rushing waters that echoed in the cave. There she decided to one day write romantic adventures. Thus as a young girl, while friends played with dolls, she imagined and scribbled stories of adventure to escape childhood responsibilities and unhappiness. She continued to journal through the years occupied with her husband, Gregg, and seven children. It was discovered her love of storytelling was predisposed from a Scandinavian father who died young, a journalist for the Denver Post, a half century earlier. This passion is being fulfilled by his daughter, since putting aside her stethoscope and career as a registered nurse. “Writing has always been in the shadow of my heart.”

Review:

This book transports you back to a different time, a different way of life. A love story like no other. Nessa and Nicholas meet by chance when she takes a job at her aunt’s boarding house. He comes to town to work as a miner, but ends up falling for Nessa. When they first meet she is only 14, too young to have an appropriate relationship but she trusts him in ways she has never trusted anyone before.

After 4 years, things change and a love grows stronger. But when trouble comes knocking on the door for Nicholas, they must take a chance on each other and run away to safety. Through a lot of twists and turns, can these two make it? You’ll have to check it out for yourself!!!! 🙂

The author makes it an exciting adventure of love, loss and forgiveness. It’s full of what if’s and an exciting journey to a life of happiness. I enjoyed this book and the way the author depicts her characters. It was as if you were right there in the story with them! Very well written and an interesting love story!

I appreciate getting the chance to read this book from the author! I received it for a fair and honest review! Thanks!!

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“Wings of the Wind” ~Connilynn Cossette~ Review

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Synopsis:

Cossette Consistently Brings the Old Testament to Life in an Engrossing, Fresh New Way

Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.

Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.

Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage–for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?

Author:

When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand),

Connilyn Cossette is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary

friends, and reading obscure, out-of-print history books. There is nothing she likes better

than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible and uncovering buried gems of

grace that point toward Jesus. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near

Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at www.connilyncossette.com.

Review:

I have never read a book from this author before but I was super excited by the look of the front cover and the description! I was not disappointed in the least! She is an amazing author and even though this was the third book in the series it did not seem like it at all! It read as a stand alone book, it was not until later that I realized there were other books and they all link to this final book in the series. But that’s OK, because I plan on buying the first and second book!! It was that good!!! I have to have more!! 🙂

This book had me hooked from the very first page. A young woman raging off to battle dressed as a man?!?!?! She is out of her element but she is determined to avenge her father and brothers death. From that very first battle it flies through a lot of ups and downs. Just when I think poor Alanah (our main leading lady) finally is going to have a settled life, something crazy happens! Literally, the entire book this poor girl is fighting for her life for some reason or another! But she finds God in the midst of all the chaos and realizes that her life and the plan she had for it is not the way it will be. God has a magnificent plan for her life and it is so cool to see it play out!

This book is based on stories from the bible so bits of it are hard to understand, especially the heritages of the families and how they are all interrelated and why they can attack certain places and not others. The names in this book are really hard to pronounce, so I came up with nicknames for all of them lol! 😉 BUT, despite all of this it does not take away from the story! If you can get over large words and a bit of complicated lineage (which if you read the bible, it can get kind of confusing keeping everyone straight too!) you will not regret reading this book! It is such a fantastic read and the characters are so well developed and the things that happen to them make each and every one of them so much stronger! A great message and a great story! I can not wait to read other books by this author!!

I received this book for a fair and honest review.

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“Talking With God” ~Adam Weber~ Review

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Synopsis:

Life is crazy. Prayer is simple. 

Prayer seems like it should be so simple. Yet when it comes to actually praying, it often feels awkward and complicated.

I mean, what should you actually pray about? What do you say? Is there anything you should or shouldn’t say? Do you have to speak out loud? Where do you even start?

To make matters worse, we’ve heard about prayer for so long that we feel awkward asking about it. It’s like having to ask a person’s name after knowing them for years. We’re embarrassed to ask because we really should know their name by now.

Then comes the reality and craziness of life. Between work, parenting, walking the dog, a full inbox, keeping up on social media—who has time to pray?

The truth is, prayer is simple.

It’s like talking; talking with a good friend.  Here’s the best part: No matter where we are in life, God can’t wait to talk with us.

What does it look like to pray in the midst of your life?
What do you say when you don’t know how to pray?

I’m asking the same questions. Let’s talk.

Author:

ADAM WEBER is the Founder and Lead Pastor of Embrace, a church that has six campuses in two states. He likes typewriters, drives a Rambler, cheers for the Cincinnati Bengals, and has four chickens and a dog named Daisy. Adam, his beautiful wife, Becky, and their kids live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.. Fun fact: He once made worldwide news when a turkey vulture fell out of the sky and onto his back porch during an ice storm. Google it.

Review:

Wow! This is such an inspirational book that is full of great scriptures and great ways to help you with your prayers. We all prayer differently and sometimes we struggle to find the right words to say or the right way to say it. Well this book breaks it down for you…God listens, irregardless of how you say it or when you say it he is listening. This book really opens up the reality of how much we get caught up in the correct way of doing things, there is no right or wrong way to pray. Talk to God, talk to him as if he is your best friend sitting in front of you. Don’t be embarrassed or shy, he is there waiting to here your voice.

Read this book, read this book now! It is so good! I am one of those people that I just randomly talk to God through out the entire day, pray for my family and others at the most random times of day. But it’s OK and this book really walks you through the fact that it’s OK to not know how to pray, it’s OK to not know how to start or finish a prayer. Just walk through it in your own time and trust in Him to lead you through it.

I loved this quote from the book…

“Even followers of Jesus- the people who hung out with Jesus himself- didn’t have prayer figured out.”

“I’ll go out on a limb and say that the majority of “everyone else” doesn’t have prayer figured out either. They have questions. They feel unqualified or inadequate. They avoid prayer altogether. After all, how do you talk with the Creator of the entire universe without feeling a little intimidated.”

I loved this book and will definitely be reading again in the future. I recommend it to everyone!!!!

 

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“How to Overcome Worry” ~Dr. Winfred Neely~ Review

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Synopsis:

Scripture’s cure for the worry epidemic

Do you struggle with worry or anxious thoughts on a regular basis? Does your mind get fixated on the same concern over and over? Do you know you should stop worrying but repeatedly fail to do so?

How to Overcome Worry presents a biblical and practical strategy for this exact problem. Dr. Winfred Neely, who has experienced his fair share of anxiety-inducing circumstances, walks you through Philippians 4:6–7 to help you:

  • Understand the difference between concern and worry
  • Use prayer as a means of grace to overcome worry
  • Cultivate gratitude and thanksgiving as an antidote to worry
  • Navigate changing seasons and circumstances without falling into worry
  • Employ practical strategies for experiencing the peace of God

Worry is one of the top issues in our world today, even among Christians, and this concise and biblical approach will offer real solutions. In His Word, God tells us to stop worrying, pray about everything, and expect His peace. This is a true promise of Scripture, and this book will help you to lay hold of it.

Author:

WINFRED NEELY (B.A., D.Min. Trinity International University; M.A. Wheaton) is currently working towards an advanced research degree in Old Testament at the University of Bristol, England. He is an ordained minister of the Gospel and a full time professor of hermeneutics, homiletics, and pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty at Moody, Winfred served churches in the City of Chicago and is currently interim pastor of the Judson Baptist Church in Oak Park, IL. He brings to his ministry a global perspective, having served as a missionary/pastor in Senegal, West Africa for nine years. He is also involved in a global equipping ministry, speaking and conducting workshops and training events at churches and conferences in the US and abroad. He and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. He takes acting classes from time to time and is an ardent fan of science fiction films such as Star Wars and Star Trek.

Review:

 

I am a worrier… I learned it from my mom and it something I have a hard time overcoming. Growing up there was always something she was worrying about whether it be money or if the car was going to run properly to get us from point A to point B. Not that I had a bad childhood, because I didnt, we had our fair share of problems but otherwise a fantastic childhood. But the one thing she passed on to me in those young days was the art of worrying.

I know it is pointless to worry about something that may never happen or things that have happened in the past, but it happens more than I’d care to admit. I let those emotions boil up inside of me until I end up with an anxiety attack. Not pretty and not fun for me or for anyone in my family lol. My husband tries again and again to remind me that it is not worth worrying about and I always have to disagree.

If you are like me and worry about needless things then this is the book for you. It is a wonderful guide to help you overcome those worries and to help you to give it up to God, ultimately He is the one in charge :). It is one of those books that I will keep for myself to read time and time again. Filled with scripture and insight into the world of worriers, it has helped to remind me to put aside the worries and just live life to the fullest.

This book supplies you with the tools necessary to help you to overcome your worries, it includes different ways to pray, scriptures to comfort you in need and “scriptures to aid in your battle against worry.” An amazing book that I would recommend to everyone! AND it’s a short read! Make sure you grab a highlighter before getting started, there is lots of good stuff to remember!!!! 🙂 🙂 If you want to check this book out links are below of places to purchase!! Happy reading and Good Luck in whatever journey you might be facing! 🙂 🙂

 

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“Unchained Melody” ~Cynthia Roberts~ Review

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Synopsis:

Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years.

Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to the happily ever after she always dreamed of.

Author:

My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn’t until much later in life I actually took up the pen to write my first historical romance, Wind Warrior . I really don’t fit into one specific niche. Once a story starts to flow, it’s only then I know what genre/sub-genre it will fit under. I have only one regret, and that is not getting to this point in my career much sooner, rather than later. Life has a way of setting up road blocks, which for me, was supposed to work out that way. Because of those detours, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer, allowing me to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel. It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing, “Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities.”

 

Review:

When I first seen the title of this book it immediately made me think of  the song “Unchained Melodies” by the Righteous Brothers! That is one of my all time favorite songs that my mother used to sing to me as a child! I knew immediately I had to read the book solely on that principal! I had no idea what it was about but I said, “sign me up!”.

I was not disappointed in the least! Once I received the copy of this book I was in love with the front page graphics and was excited to dig in once reading the synopsis. Love stories are my Achilles heel, I can’t say no to them! 🙂 If you love them too, you should go check this book out!

We open with a headstrong, powerful woman that you can’t help but adore! She is successful and thriving at life, but what she really wants deep down is a family and a man to call her own. Will she find what she craves the most?!?! Go find out for yourself! It is an amazing book!

It’s funny how life has a way of giving you what you want when you least expect it and the author portrays that throughout the story. She shows the ups and downs that life can throw at us and she gives us characters that we can all relate to. This book will have you laughing, crying and hanging on to your seat as the story unfolds into a beautiful happy ending.

This is the first book in the Love Song Standards series and also the first book I have read from this author and I truly enjoyed every page of it! I can not wait to dive into the second book in this series!

 

 

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“Your Next 24 Hours” ~Hal Donaldson with Kirk Noonan~

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Synopsis:

If asked, who among us wouldn’t say we were kind people? But kindness is often manifested in feelings of pity or sympathy–especially when others are watching–rather than in deeds. And when it comes down to it, what good does mere feeling do for the world?

Your Next 24 Hours is about something much bigger–a lifestyle of kindness, without thought of reciprocation, extended toward every person in our lives, both friend and foe. Through powerful true stories of kindness lived out, this book shows readers the enormous difference they can make through small, doable acts of kindness in their families, communities, workplaces, schools, and churches. It shows how every encounter with another person is an opportunity to be kind–and a chance to change our world.

A life with greater purpose and fulfillment is closer than you think. The decisions you make in the next twenty-four hours can change your life and influence the people around you……for good.

Your Next 24 hours shows you the enormous difference you can make through small, doable acts of kindness in your family, community, workplace, school, and church. You’ll read inspiring stories of unsung heroes, as well as celebrities like

  • Kate Winslet
  • Adam Levine
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Zendaya
  • Paul Walker
  • Denzel Washington
  • Amy Adams
  • and many more

The kindness revolution starts with you! Begin reading Your Next 24 Hours today and make this day one of a more fulfilling life.

 

Authors:

Hal Donaldson co-founded and serves as president of Convoy of Hope, Inc. Since 1994, Convoy of Hope has distributed nearly $1 billion worth of food and vital emergency supplies to more than 70 million people.

Kirk Noonan is a former magazine journalist who now serves as vice president of creative communications for Convoy of Hope.

 

Review:

This is an awesome book! Who couldn’t use a little more kindness in their lives!?!? Wow! Each one of the stories in this book is heartwarming and wonderful. It reminds you that there are kind people out there, kind things happening all over the place. It’s easy to forget when there are such horrible thing happening all around the world. Not only is it full of stories about our favorite famous icons but they are truly uplifting words of wisdom.

There is so much to this book, it is not telling you what to do or how to change your life. It is full of information about others doing good in the world, and how they go about doing so. I love that they included Candace Payne “Chewbacca Mom”, just thinking about her video makes me laugh!! If you have no idea who she is you should check her out on YouTube!! She is hilarious and it is a nice start to the book! There are a ton of quotes throughout the entire book that are so great!! I literally want to print them out on poster paper and hang them up in my house! 🙂

  • “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectations of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. – Princess Diana”

 

  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by…..living with the results of other people’s thinking . Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. -Steve Jobs”

 

  • “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back. – Denzel Washington”

 

At the end of each chapter it gives you a list of ways to be kind, each one different and each one more powerful than the next. It’s a great way to get started on being more kind to ourselves and to be more kind to others! It is a great book and I truly enjoyed it!! I will be passing it on and I recommend it to anyone! It is fantastic!!

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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“Still Life” ~Dani Pettrey~ Review @danipettrey

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Synopsis:

Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead–and the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot. Worse, her friend can’t be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

Author:

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her web site at www.DaniPettrey.com!

Review:

This is the 2nd book in the series which sometimes can make it difficult to keep things straight. But with this book the author keeps you in the loop and explains, in appropriate places, what you might have missed from the first book. This is an excellent book and reading the first book would have only made the experience that much more amazing! Even without reading the first book, this was a great read and I highly recommend it! It kept me interested from the very beginning!

There are a lot of characters in the story but they are all well defined and they are intermingled in such a way that you can’t help but want more from the story. I found myself imagining their backgrounds, dissecting each of their lives and trying to figure out who the suspect of the story was. The suspense is killer and following them along the trail to find Skylar and trying to figure out if she is dead or alive keeps the pages turning at a fast pace!

The chemistry happening between Declan and Tanner and also Avery and Parker are adorable and you can’t help but root for them to get together and make a go of a serious relationship. They each have a past that is hard to deal with that causes them relationship issues but they should be together! They are meant for each other! 😉 It really is a great story of getting through a hardship by finding comfort in the ones that you love, even if you don’t realize that you love that person! It is a great mystery novel with a splash of romance thrown in, ultimately a great read!

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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“The Magician’s Workshop” ~Christoper Hansen and J.R. Fehr~Review

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Synopsis:

Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is awarded the title of magician and given fame, power, riches, and glory. Journey with a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.

Authors:

Christopher Hansen
The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday. “Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all around us.” Chris looked around him and asked, “Where? I don’t see anything spectacular.” The man held out a pair of glasses. “Here, put these on.” The boy placed them over his eyes and–“Whoa!” He was gobsmacked by the Wonder he saw. But it lasted only a moment. The man vanished in a flash of starlight and the lenses melted and trickled down his cheeks.  Then a message was sung into his ear, “Go and seek what you have seen.” Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris set out. To his great joy, this quest has led him to discover many more glimmerings of this miraculous Wonder, often in the most unexpected of places.

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J.R. Fehr
When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child, he continued to find life whoa-tazzling. But as he grew older, the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless marshland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible.

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Review:

Do you believe in magic? After reading this book you just might! Wow… this book has a little bit of everything.. a great story, a fascinating new world and characters that are exciting and adventurous! I read through this book in less than a day! Which is always surprising when you have small children! This is such a wonderful book!

This is book one of a two set series. I can’t wait to read book 2!! Seriously, how awesome would it be to have magical powers?!?! All of those that live on the island of O’Ceea can do wondrous things and bring anything they imagine to life. This book reminds me a lot of the Divergent/Hunger Games series, a group of kids that have to survive through things to make it somewhere in life.  If you like those books, you will love this book!

Follow this group of kids through their struggles and adventures to become a part of  the Magician’s Workshop. It is a great story of believing in one’s self and becoming the best person you can be. Sometimes what we think is a fault is often a strength, depending on who you are asking. The authors take you on a great adventure that also has a great underlying life lesson to it! 🙂 So go find it and read it! 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed this magical story and I cannot wait to be able to dive into the second book!

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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