Monthly Archives: May 2015

In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot

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Marisa St. George returns home, disappoint after losing her big-city job. She has a new position and is happy to be closer to home as the Rainbow’s End Resort opens. She is not looking for love Or is she?

Blake Kendall, suffering from writer’s block, comes to a new inn one of his college buddies is re-opening. Is this what he needs to get back on track? Writing under a pseudo name is tricky enough. Can he keep up the act here?

As Marisa’s estranged father returns home, Marisa suddenly has to deal with forgiveness and bitterness. And once she finds out who Blake really is, can she forgive him too?

This was a very sweet romantic read. The quiet Texas country setting was very charming and “feel-good.” But there are also some deeper lessons about forgiveness, and letting God help us when we need it. Double win!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

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The third in the Gregory Sisters series, I have read and loved all three!

These sisters’ parents passed away, leaving them to “come of age” alone. Each sister has had her own path, her own dreams. Now, it’s Tessa’s turn. As the youngest, the older ones have always rolled their eyes at her whims. But Tessa is determined to show them she is serious about horticulture. Gardens are her passion, not a passing fancy.

She sets her mind to secure a position at prestigious Como Park, but is denied. So, she must find another way. A secret way. Reese King, a gardener at the park wants to help her. But can the two make it happen? Can they impress the boss, or will their actions seal their fate? Love starts blooming as the two hatch their plan.

Action, secret, and love saturate this novel. The romantic garden setting, and city outings are so charming. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Life Is ____ by Judah Smith

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This is the second of Judah Smith’s books I have read, and I was challenged and encouraged by both. Life Is ____ is a look at what God meant our lives to be like. He covers four different topics about life:

1. Life is to be loved and to love.

2. Life is to trust God in every moment.

3. Life is to be at peace with God and yourself.

4. Life is to enjoy God.

Judah has a very fresh approach on many stories of the Bible that he teaches through in his books. His writing is funny, witty, but just as much convicting and inspiring.

An excerpt I especially enjoyed:

People who put their trust in their anchor of faith are like a sailor in the middle of a storm who’s admiring his anchor while his ship is bearing down on a rocky shoal.

“Come on, crew. Gather around! What do you think of my anchor? I just painted her.”

“Captain, sir-permission to speak freely.”

“Yes, sailor.”

“We’re going to die.”

“I don’t understand.”

“There’s a storm, sir. There are rocks ahead. Could we plunge the anchor into the abyss until it hits solid ground so that we can live?”

Faith is not to be admired. Faith is not a merit badge to show off. Faith is meant to be plunged into the abyss and the darkness of life’s uncertainty until it anchors in a sure foundation and a solid Savior.

Our faith is in Jesus. It’s not in community or in each other. It’s not in programs or websites or songs. It’s not in our social status, our health, our wealth, or our cleverness. None of these things are a guarantee of security of peace.

Our faith is in a person…

Pick up this book! You will love it!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason

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When Jackie hears that her childhood crush, Ian is suspected for terrorist activities, she decides to get involved. Being an employee with Operation Refuge, and having experience in law enforcement have given her skills that come in very handy. She and Ian end up running for their lives, not knowing who to trust or where to turn.

As Ian and Jackie run, she begins to put the pieces together. A threat accidentally came to Ian’s email, and now the killer wants him dead. But how is this all taking place? Is the threat real? Is it in New York? Ian turns to his cousin Holly for help with the encrypted email, not knowing he is putting her in danger as well.

As time goes on, the email is de-crypted, and the source of the attack is very clear, and very big! With law enforcement, and Operation Refuge teams in place, the race is on! Can the killer be stopped in time? Will innocent people be hurt?

As usual for a Lynette Eason book, I couldn’t put it down. The characters were well-developed and real. The twists caught me by surprise. And the suspense kept me turning the pages.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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