“The Road to Paradise” ~Karen Barnett~ Review

 

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Synopsis:

An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainier National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow.

But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his father’s death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work managing the park and its crowd of visitors seriously. The job of watching over an idealistic senator’s daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources.

When Margie’s former fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the park’s pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?

Karen Barnett’s vintage national parks novels bring to vivid life President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision for protected lands, when he wrote in Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter: “There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”

Author:

Karen Barnett is the award-winning author of The Golden Gate Chronicles (Out of the Ruins, Beyond the Ashes, and Through the Shadows) and Mistaken. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, and two kids, and three mischievous dachshunds. When she’s not writing, Karen enjoys photography, hiking, public speaking, decorating crazy birthday cakes, and dragging her family through dusty history museums. Oregon Christian Writers honored her with the Writer of Promise Award in 2013 and a Cascade Award for her debut novel, Mistaken, in 2014. In 2016, she was named Writer of the Year by the prestigious Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Karen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Oregon Christian Writers and has been published in Guideposts and other national magazines.

Review:

This is a new author for me and I absolutely loved her style and this book! It captures your attention at the beginning and keeps you enthralled until the end! I look forward to finding other books by this author!

Set in 1927 we are transported back to a different time and a different way of life. When Margie sets out for a life on Mount Rainier no one expects her to last very long! But boy did she prove a lot of people wrong. She is a go-getter and a woman who won’t give up. Even despite everyone looking down on her for being a woman in the wilderness, she proves to them that she is meant to be there, she even teaches them a new thing or two!

Once she settles into her new way of life, Margie begins to forget about her conniving, stalkerish former fiance. He is seriously psycho! But her feeling of comfort is  washed away by the his sudden appearance at the Paradise Falls Inn. He is determined to take everything away from her and destroy the natural beauty of the Mount Rainier National Park. He doesn’t believe in her at all and treats her terribly! I can’t believe she was ever with him! Thank goodness she has Chief Ranger Ford on her side through everything. Forging an unlikely bond that eventually turns to something more, you can’t help but root for their relationship to blossom into something more.

It is definitely a good reminder to remember to be yourself and to not let anyone else get you down. She set out to do things she never imagined she could do. In the end she proved not only to everyone else that she could accomplish what she set her mind to but she proved to herself that she could do anything. It is a wonderful love story, with unexpected twists and turns. It is funny, sad, scary and sometimes includes all too real situations. Set in a time period that I am a tad obsessed with, makes this an overall favorite book for me! It is a book that I could easily read again.  I would recommend it to everyone! It is so good!

 

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“I’ll Push You” ~Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck~ Review

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Synopsis:

Two best friends, 500 miles, one wheelchair, and the challenge of a lifetime.
Friendship takes on new meaning in this true story of Justin and Patrick, born less than two days apart in the same hospital. Best friends their whole lives, they grew up together, went to school together, and were best man in each other’s weddings. When Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs, Patrick was there, helping to feed and care for him in ways he’d never imagined. Determined to live life to the fullest, the friends refused to give into despair or let physical limitations control what was possible for Justin.

So when Justin heard about the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trek through Spain, he wondered aloud to Patrick whether the two of them could ever do it. Patrick’s immediate response was: “I’ll push you.”

I’ll Push You is the real-life story of this incredible journey. A travel adventure full of love, humor, and spiritual truth, it exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be and shows what it means to never find yourself alone. You’ll discover how love and faith can push past all limits—and make us the best versions of ourselves.

About the Author:

Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray have been best friends all their lives.  Together they
run The Disabled Traveler, an organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities
successfully navigate the challenges of everyday life and travel.  Their work has been
featured on NBC, ABC, Fox and Friends, the Huffington Post, People.com, Tedx,
the Meredith Vieira Show, and many other worldwide news media outlets.  I’ll Push You,
the story of their 500-mile epic pilgrimage across northern Spain, is a forthcoming
documentary film.
Justin and his wife Kirstin, are the parents of Jaden, Noah, and Lauren; Patrick is
married to Donna and they have three children: Cambria, Joshua, and Olivia.

Review:

I typically don’t reach for documentary-style books when I peruse the library shelves but I was given the opportunity to read this book and I was highly inspired and I enjoyed every page. The story of these two men was inspiring… it was uplifting…I cried, I laughed and I cheered them on through their journey. It was a fantastic read.

It is one of those books that once you start you just can’t stop. It is a page turner and it will change your life. It is a reminder to have faith, it is a reminder to lay all your cards on the table with the ones you love and it is a reminder to look beyond the hardships. Life is hard, life can knock you down but how will you handle it?

Not everyone would be able to handle the cards that Justin was dealt. It is a matter of having faith in a higher power, it is relinquishing everything to others just to make it day to day.  You can’t help but feel bad for Justin, his neuromuscular disease taking so much from him, but he is a FIGHTER! He is a man that doesn’t give up even despite the hardships that face him, he finds a way to persevere. He has the best support system anyone could ever ask for. The outlook on life that he has is impressive! It is hard to believe how far they came and how much they accomplished together.

Their journey across Spain was amazing and the way that it was written made me feel like I was there with them, through every rock, bump and mud puddle! After reading this book and seeing what they experienced and the friends they made it makes me want to put this trek (Camino de Santiago) on my bucket list! I would love to travel there and go through the same journey they did! It was an amazing journey and you should go along for the ride!

Truly an amazing story that you should check out ASAP!!!!! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book (again, not a documentary fan) BUT it is so much more that that! It is a testament to living life to the fullest and taking the bull by the horns (literally!) So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go find this book (buy links below) and read it, once you read it pass it on! Everyone needs to read this book!!!!!!!!

 

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“The Old Man and the Princess” ~Sean Paul Thomas~ Review

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An eccentric old Irish man, who claims to be ‘not of this Earth,’ kidnaps Sersha, a young, headstrong, Irish girl, from the streets of Galway and tries to convince her that her life’s destiny is tied to a mystical cave in the Scottish highlands.

But with half of the Irish criminal underworld violently on their trail, Sersha, struggles back and forth with the old man’s real identity and far fetched intentions to whether he truly is genuine in his wild and fantastical beliefs. Or is he really just a mad, demented, old fool, having some kind of mental breakdown in his twilight years.

Author:

Sean is an author from Edinburgh in Scotland. He spent most of his childhood and teenage years growing up on the move with his Scottish and Irish Parents (No they weren’t bank robbers 😉 in the likes of Cyprus, Germany, Wales and England, as an army brat.

With a keen interest in both reading and writing he was diagnosed with the travel and writing bugs very early on in life. Now, writing, traveling, reading, cinema and Scottish football are his main passions in life, along with cooking, yoga, meditation and health and fitness.

His main inspiration for writing today comes from living in such a beautiful, charming and hauntingly, Gothic city, such as Edinburgh. This awe inspiring wee city has given Sean so much amazing inspiration to write the more time he spends there.

At this moment Sean is working on a couple of screenplays adaptations of his books and a new, dark, apocalyptic thriller novel that should be out in the late summer of 2017.

So far he has two published works of fiction

The Universe Doesn’t Do Second Chances and Cafe Independence.

And 8 self published novels.

Alone

Ugly/beautiful

Sarah Smiles

Lust for Life (Book 1)

Lust for Life (Book 2)

The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill (The Fairy Boy Chronicles Book 1)

The Old Man and The Princess

The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill (The Fairy Boy Chronicles Book 2)

The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill (The Fairy Boy Chronicles Book 3)

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Review:

The Old Man and The Princess, it sounds like something straight out of a fairytale…. Does the old man turn into a Prince, is their a frog involved…lol these were my initial questions when I first seen the title. Boy was I wrong! It was a very different book, one full of a ton of surprises.

Sersha is an orphaned 15 year old girl roaming the streets of Galway, Ireland. She ends up being kidnapped by a very eccentric older man named Derek. He’s a little crazy but he could possibly hold the secrets to her past. He makes her believe she is a princess from a far off planet that they can only reach by traveling to Scotland.

Creepy, right?!? I couldn’t ever decide how I felt about Derek, on the one hand he comes off as a super creeper, but then again I always felt like he was hiding something. Sersha, decides to believe him, hoping for the answers. Maybe she is truly a princess? Maybe she can finally find out about her birth parents. Sersha is a fascinating character that you can’t help but feel sorry for. She has spent her life in and out of different foster homes and has never had anyone who cared.

After awhile the Irish mob start to chase after them, but why?!?!?! Why would they care about an orphan and a crazy old man? Is there something more, is the old man right? Well I just had to find out so I read this book through within two days, which is nothing short of a miracle with 3 kids always badgering me lol. BUT, I will not spoil the ending of this book for you because it is a magical experience that you have to indulge in for yourself from start to finish. This author has an amazing way with words and he takes you to a whole different world (I’d love to visit Ireland!). He takes you on a wild ride through a million questions, only to land on the final truth in the end. It is something you have to experience for yourself! Love love loved this book! I will definitely be keeping this in my read again book stack!

Please please please do yourself a favor and pick up this fantastic book as soon as you can! You can find buy link below! 🙂

 

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“Waking Lazarus” ~DJ Williams~ Review

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Synopsis:

Waking Lazarus Receives Oscar Winner Endorsement!

“A captivating visual story with a colorful narrative. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down.” Peter Anderson, Oscar Winner, Cinematographer

Jake Harris’ life hasn’t turned out the way he planned. Battling his addictions, and the shattered pieces of his family, he is hired to ghostwrite a memoir. From the 1920’s story of a controversial evangelist, to the present day mystery of a former District Attorney, everything changes when his search for the truth leads to an atrocity hidden from history. With a past he can’t remember, he begins to discover that he is not the person he believed himself to be. Rather, he is a threat to a secret society that has remained in the shadows for nearly a century. Jake is drawn deep inside a world he never knew existed that brings him closer to his own extraordinary destiny.

Author:

With the DNA of a world traveler, D.J. Williams was born and raised in Hong Kong, has ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East. His global travels have engrossed him in a myriad of cultures, and provided him with a unique perspective that has fueled his creativity over the course of an eighteen year career in both the entertainment industry and nonprofit sector. His debut novel, The Disillusioned, has garnered praise from Hollywood’s elite such as Judith McCreary, Co-Executive Producer, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, & CSI, who said, “The Disillusioned is a fast-paced mystery…you won’t put it down until you’ve unlocked the secrets and lies to find the truth.” Currently based out of Los Angeles, Williams continues to add to his producing and directing credits of more than 300 episodes of broadcast TV syndicated worldwide by developing new projects for television, film and print.

Review:

I sure do love a good mystery! This book is a FANTASTIC mystery! It reminds me of something out of the Davinci Code! It is history, yet it’s present, and it keeps you on this winding road until you finish the last page. You might think that sounds terrible, but this author has a way with words that makes it not only easy to read but keeps you engrossed without getting you confused.

Seriously an amazing adventure of one man fighting many odds. This is a second book in a series but I read it without knowledge of the first book and I did not have any problems keeping up with the story. It has some much in it! It is seriously full of surprises. Jake is the main man in the story and he is one of those characters you can’t help but like. He has so much going on his life between battling addictions and family issues. But he perseveres and he takes us on a wild ride through history and self discovery as he finds secrets he never even knew existed.

This is one of the best thriller mystery books I have read in a long time and I will definitely be looking up more books by this author. Great detail and description, the characters stood out and it kept me interested throughout the entire book. If you are looking for a little mystery go find this book! Even without reading the first book in the series The Disillusioned, I would still recommend this series! Excellent author!

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“Can’t Help Falling In Love” ~Cynthia Roberts~ Review!

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Synopsis:

Life has a way of coming back around full circle even, if it takes a decade to do so. Stephen Logan, returns home to the community of his youth, as a successful Aerospace Engineer for NASA. Jennifer Moore, finds herself the first-grade teacher, to his adorable son, Joshua.

From the moment they are reunited, they secretly can’t deny that the strong attraction they once felt for each other as high school sweethearts, still runs deep. Stephen’s past proves a haunting one. Even though Joshua’s mother signed off on her legal rights as a parent when he was just a baby, she chooses a path of self-destruction & lawlessness, instead of the fame she left to find.

When Karen Eastwood learns of Stephen’s success, she hunts him down & threatens to make his life miserable, if he does not bend to her will. Eventually, she kidnaps her son along with his teacher. Jennifer’s love for Steven and his son, gives her the strength to outsmart the psychopath, holding them hostage, and her cunning efforts leads the police to find them, just in the nick of time.

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. 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. I know because of those detours I have become

a more passionate and expressive writer because I 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. My wish is that my readers walk away with not just an entertaining

read but the importance in knowing, “Without imagination & dreams, we lose the

excitement of wonderful possibilities.” PLEASE leave a review to help others discover my

work. I would be so very appreciative.

Review:

Wow! Just when I think I’ve read her best work yet, she surprises me with yet another spectacular read. All of her books in the Love Song Standards Series have been fantastic and this one does not disappoint! It is fast paced, it is romantic and it is a book that keeps you coming back for more. Jennifer and Stephen are high school sweethearts who are separated by time and space, each going a different direction after high school. Once Stephen returns to his hometown after years of being gone he finds that he still has feelings for Jennifer, and she realizes she never stopped loving him! It’s uplifting and there is so much emotion  between them that you can’t help but fall in love with both of them!

Joshua, the son of Stephen has wiggled his way into Jennifer’s heart and the little threesome is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. But danger is lurking nearby. Karen, the ex-wife, is a psychotic drug addict that comes after Stephen only to make his life miserable. It is a heart-pounding thrill ride when she kidnaps Joshua and Jennifer…. Will they make it? Can they escape from the clutches of the psychotic ex?? Jennifer will do anything in her power to keep Joshua safe, but is it enough????

Well you have to read it to find out! You will not regret it! Great character development and it flows so quickly that you will be done with it before you realize it! Such a great book! It definitely kept me on my toes! It’s a great love story but with a crazy twist. It’s a must read!!!!!

 

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

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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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relationships, can subscribe to my mailing list, and be kept abreast of contests,
giveaways, special promotions and new releases. Until then, bye for now.

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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