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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

To Win Her Favor Review Part 2!!!!!!!

To Win Her Favor by Tamara Alexander


Book Description:
To Win Her Favor (Zondervan, May 2015)

A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.

An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He's come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he'd wagered, especially when Maggie Linden's father makes him an offer he shouldn't accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance---and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder---Maggie's father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail---Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1OYbn27

About the author:

Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville, Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don't forget Jack, their precious---and precocious---silky terrier.

Find Tamera online: websiteFacebookTwitter

My Opinion:
UGH!!!  Don't you just hate it when an author takes a GREAT book and then throws something in there that ruins the WHOLE THING! :/  This Part 2 has been a long time coming and I've prayed and prayed over it.  Anyone that read my part one review will know how much I was LOVING this book!  Sadly that is the problem with writing a part one review also.  It is amazing to me how a book can change so drastically.  I read other's reviews and waited to see how this controversial turn set with others.  You see there are graphic sex scenes added.  From what I read married woman had no problems with this because the characters themselves are married.  And yes God created the relationship between husband and wife to be a beautiful and special thing.  But as a single, unmarried woman I want to be able to pick up my Christian fiction book and know that there are some things that will not be graphically described, married characters or not.  I'm a BIG fan of the fade to black! LOL!  These scenes left such a bad taste that I still have not finished the book and don't know that I ever will.  And because Tamara decided to add these scenes I find it difficult to continue reading her books, because now I can't trust that the content will be clean.  :/  I still feel led to review this book, but now for an entirely different reason! :)  Isn't it amazing how God works?!  He will NEVER stop surprising me and I pray that I am fulfilling His will and purpose in this review.

Psalm 61:3

~ASC

*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about To Win Her Favor. ~ASC


Monday, January 16, 2017

A Moonbow Night Review

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

Book Description:
After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It's a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke--men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide. When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certainly didn't expect a woman. But it is not long before he must admit that Tempe's skill in the wilderness rivals his own. 


Still, the tenuous tie they are forming is put to the test as they encounter danger after danger and must rely on each other.

My Opinion: 
Not a book for me.  I've read a few of Laura's books and really enjoyed them, but this one just wasn't for me.  It was haunting at times, and I'm really not a fan of reads that are filled with the sad haunting style, especially this much.  It seemed to lack any joy or really much hope.  And I longed for a thread of humor or happiness.  I enjoy reading suspense and even drama, but I need a thread of humor, joy, or hope to make it enjoyable personally [you know that comic relief factor? ;) ].  There were so many scenes that just did not sit well with me, and then every now and then there was a scene that I enjoyed.  By the end there were a hand full of scenes that I liked, but the book as a whole wasn't one I enjoyed. :(  And the pace lagged a bit for me also.  It took me a while to get into this one and I had to persevere until about chapter 4 before it really hooked me and then it lost me again quickly.  At one time I thought about not finishing, and by the end I skimmed through pieces that I felt could have been cut out.  On a positive note I did like some of the characters!  Tempe is an interesting and tough little character and though I wanted a bigger, fuller redemption scene from Sion he was also a very interesting character.  Overall there are interesting things historically, but it's not my favorite from Laura.

Songs: "Come As You Are" by Crowder and "Jesus" by Chris Tomlin

Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Psalm 139, Jeremiah 2:2

~ASC

*I requested and received this book from Revell for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about A Moonbow Night. ~ASC


Monday, January 2, 2017

NEW Facebook Page Launched!

Good evening! :)  
I wanted to drop you all a quick note this evening to let you all know that I launched ASC Photos & Designs very own facebook page today! :D

As some of you may know ASC Book Reviews used to share the same page, but since through much prayer I decided to take ASC Photos & Designs in a new and fresh direction I thought it also needed it's own page!

And here it is! :)

I don't have very much posted yet, but I will be adding more and more!

Please take a look around and if you like it please share!

I'm also hoping to be making more items 
and maybe sets Inspired by the books I'm reading!
Plus maybe some giveaways and auctions.....

I would be VERY grateful if you help me pray about these changes and new directions!  Thank you all for following and reading my blog!!!  

Many Blessings, ASC

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Looking Forward!

Ah....A New Year!
I hope you all have a Happy and Safe New Year
Filled with Many Blessings and Great New Reads! ;)
Here's a list of the ones I'm most looking forward to!!!

An Uncommon Courtship +Kristi Ann Hunter
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A Viscount's Proposal by +Melanie Dickerson 
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The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller
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Grace and the Preacher by +Kim Vogel Sawyer 
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Behind the Scenes by +Jen Turano 
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A Nobel Servant by +Melanie Dickerson 
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Heart on the Line by +Karen Witemeyer 
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Chasing Secrets by +Lynette Eason 
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Peace in the Valley by +Ruth Logan Herne 
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Silent Songbird Review!!!!!!!

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson 

Book Description:
Evangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave Westley le Wyse. Can he help her discover the freedom to sing again?


Desperate to flee a political marriage to her cousin King Richard II’s closest advisor, Lord Shiveley—a man twice her age with shadowy motives—Evangeline runs away and joins a small band of servants journeying back to Glynval, their home village.
Pretending to be mute, she gets to know Westley le Wyse, their handsome young leader, who is intrigued by the beautiful servant girl. But when the truth comes out, it may shatter any hope that love could grow between them.
More than Evangeline’s future is at stake as she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens England’s monarchy.Should she give herself up to protect the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

My Opinion:
LOVE IT!!!  Melanie is one of the BEST authors I've read!  I LOVE this action packed retelling of The Little Mermaid!  Eva is a fantastically strong, courageous, and spunky character.  And Westley is a lovable and kind one!  Bad guys pop up all around and it will take all of the good guys working together an relying on their Faith to defeat them!  I enjoyed Melanie's addition of King Richard and fans of this series will be very happy to see where Lady and Lord le Wyse end up as they are brought back for this adventure!  Yet this is a great stand alone also.  I'm starting the Hagenheim series from here, and will be going back to read the rest! ;)  I HIGHLY recommend this great read and wouldn't mind reading it again and again!!!
   
Songs: "He Leadeth Me" performed by The Cluster Pluckers, "Kiss the Girl (from "The Little Mermaid") (From "The Little Mermaid"/ Soundtrack Version)" by Samuel E. Wright
Songs or any part of this review May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Jeremiah 29:11

~ASC

Best of 2016!!!

Here's my list of my all time favorite books of the past year!
There were SO, SO many GREAT stories this year!!!
In no particular order:


Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman
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Fetching Sweetness by +Dana Mentink
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Back in the Saddle by +Ruth Logan Herne
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The Wedding Shop by +Rachel Hauck
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The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer
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The Ringmaster's Wife by +Kristy Cambron
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and
The Painter's Daughter by +Julie Klassen 
[I had to throw this on in even though it was published in 2015.  This is a great story, and I did read it in 2016! ;) ]

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Seasons of Tomorrow Review!

Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall

Book Description:
As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.
More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhoda’s recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom for her future. She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard.
Yet when Leah King’s involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear.
When several members of Orchard Bend Farms are displaced, the estranged King brother is called upon to return. Can those who founded the new Amish community in Maine unite Or will the lingering pain of past hurts and present struggles result in the end of their dreams?

My Opinion:
WOW!  This series has always held LOTS of drama and turmoil for it's characters, but the first three books were NOTHING compared to this one!!!  This is a book that I've read off and on for a while and part of the reason is because I would come across a chapter that was so emotional and tragic I had to take a break!  This book and it's series is definitely NOT a stand alone and really needs to be read in order, in my opinion.  But even though there were times when I had to take a break there were also such fabulous and amazing Faith scenes that touched my heart!!!!  Overall even though this book was emotionally taxing at times the Faith messages, especially towards the end, are FANTASTIC and I, and I'm sure other followers of the series, will be very happy with the way Cindy wraps all of these characters up and draws them all together in this conclusion! :)  I really enjoyed where this book ended!!!

Songs: "Bless The Broken Road" performed by Rascal Flatts and "Deeper" by Meredith Andrews
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Jeremiah 29:11

~ASC

*I won a copy of this book through goodreads.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Season of Tomorrow. ~ASC

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Castle in the Sky Review!!!!!

A Castle in the Sky by Miranda Atchley

Book Description:
In 1915, it is believed that there isn't much hope for a woman beyond marriage. Yet Abi Leigh Hensley, lover of the written word, believes otherwise. Growing up as the daughter of a wealthy lawyer in the gold mining town of San Francisco, Abi never felt like she fit in with her mother and father's stilted lifestyle. And though she's been raised to believe that her lot in life is to marry, she's always loved to read and write, and has dreamt of being an author all her life. After her parents' failed attempt at an arranged marriage, Abi leaves the comfort of her wealthy upbringing in San Francisco to pursue her dreams of becoming an author in New York City, a place she has always loved. Excitement seems to loom around each corner, yet Abi may be in for than she bargained for. Full of hopes, dreams, and self-discovery, A Castle in the Sky is a novel fans of historical fiction are sure to love.

My Opinion:
Lovely story! :)  I'm a HUGE fan of Christian Historical Fiction and so I was very excited when Miranda sent me a review copy!!!  I love love love these characters!!!!  I really felt for Abi through her journey.  For me it held touches of Beatrix Potter's story, but with many unique circumstances and differences!  The flow of the story is nice, leading you through sweet moments, trials, and pain right along with Abi!  I also truly love how her Faith grows through all she must overcome and I LOVE the ending of this story, though it made me long for more and I definitely would enjoy returning to Abi's story and seeing where else she is led and what other Castles in the Sky she visits! ;)  Overall I really enjoyed this entertaining read!!!!

Songs: "He Leadeth Me (Album Version)" performed by Candi Pearson and "Deeper" by Meredith Andrews
 Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Jeremiah 29:11

~ASC

*I received a copy from the author for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about A Castle in the Sky. ~ASC

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Royal CHRISTmas Wedding Review and GIVEAWAY!!!!

A Royal CHRISTmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

Book Description:
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                                               To purchase your copy, click here.
Click to purchaseAvery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?
College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.
Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.
When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.
Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?
In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.
rachel-hauck-hr-1About the Author:
Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and award-winning author.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.
Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.
My Opinion:
Sweet Read! :)  This was the first in The Royal Wedding Series for me and it is lovely! :)  It made me want to go back and read the other's that came before it.  And I actually recommend that this series be read in order, while A Royal CHRISTmas Wedding could be a stand alone there were some things mentioned that I found I knew nothing about.  That said I still REALLY enjoyed this read!!!  The characters are fantastic and I absolutely LOVE how Rachel wraps this book, and really the whole series, up!  Followers of the series will be happy about the end also.  Rachel wraps up and reveals what happens to each of these couples!!!!  :)  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Faith in this book and the two characters that are hosts of a talk show are fabulously entertaining! ;)  A beautiful story and wrapped in a VERY beautiful cover I might add, and it's actually even more beautiful in person, the pictures does not do it justice!  I highly recommend this book for this CHRISTmas season with it's sweet Faith filled and truly romantic tale and setting! 

Songs:
 "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" performed by the Londonderry Singers, 
"Silent Night" performed by Bing Crosby, 
"O Holy Night" performed by Andy Williams, 
"O Holy Night" performed by Bluegrass Christmas Jamboree, 
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" performed by BarlowGirl, 
"Winter Wonderland" performed by Johnny Mathis, 
"White Christmas" performed by Bing Crosby, and 
"I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" by Casting Crowns
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC


Jeremiah 29:11

~ASC


GIVEAWAY
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To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card plus a copy of A Royal Christmas Wedding and a copy of The Wedding Shop. Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post to earn 9 extra entries in the giveaway! https://promosimple.com/ps/aaeb

*I requested and received this book as a member of Celebrate Lit for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about A Royal CHRISTmas Wedding. ~ASC

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sweet on You Review!!!!

Sweet on You by Chautona Havig

Book Description:
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Click here to purchase your copy.




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Click to purchase

It is my hypothesis that social conventions are created to test our fortitude. 
Rockland circa 1900-
As the mayor’s daughter, Madeline Brown enjoys a rich social life that many might envy. But a sharp mind but a growing talent for observation leaves Madeline torn between avoiding social censure and exploring the world around her.
With an aunt who considers higher education and employment equally unsuitable for the mayor’s daughter, there is little to amuse her save endless committee meetings, evening socials, and her favorite pastime: curling up with an exciting detective novel. The temperance and suffrage movements hold little interest for a young woman who has just endured the rigors of her father’s mayoral campaign.
So when a young man shows interest in her friend, Madeline’s interest piques–until his actions hint that he might not be the upstanding gentleman everyone presumes him to be. Unable to ignore her concerns, Madeline finds herself in the middle of an investigation into his character and discovers a side of Rockland she’s never encountered.
Will her new hobby reduce the tedium of her life, or will her “meddling” create tension for herself and her father?  Will she be forced to squelch this budding skill of hers or has Madeline finally found her calling in life?
Meddlin’ Madeline: Sweet on You.
Welcome to Rockland’s infancy.
Sweet on You is the first book in the Meddlin’ Madeline Mysteries. Watch for the second book in the series, Such a Tease, in winter, 2017
About the Author:
chautonaI am fortunate enough to live in the great state of California (in the Mojave Desert) with my husband Kevin and five of my nine children. My eldest is married with five children, so I have the fun of a son-in-law and grandbabies to enjoy. I’ve graduated six out of my nine children from our home school, and they’re all doing quite well in their lives. My younger children keep me from getting too selfish, and someday I’ll be fully retired as their teacher. I have to say, I’m lookin’ forward to it. Teaching about gerunds was fun the first time… not so much anymore. I salute all of those in the education field. You are my heroes.
When I’m not writing (which I admit isn’t often) I enjoy blogging (a totally different kind of writing, trust me), paper crafts, sewing, smocking, photo editing, and old music. No, really, I like OLD stuff… the Beatles are too newfangled for me. Yeah,I know they’re before my time… but I like stuff before my PARENTS time.
My Opinion:
I'm torn.  When I first started out. things were a little confusing, but I felt it held the style of the Miss Fisher's series.  The wit of the characters, especially Madeline, are fantastic!  Though more innocent than Miss Fisher and more restricted do to Madeline's obligations as the mayors daughter.  There are times when I really wish the characters would talk to each other more and when they do, talk plainly.  Though this has to do with the times the book is set in because the characters remark on the restrictions (and their frustration with them) themselves! LOL!  I also felt, at times, like there was a story/book before Sweet On You and that I missed somethings and was a little confused.  Overall the story is longer and more drawn out than I would have liked, but I really liked the back bone certain characters showed toward the end and the relationship between the characters!

This book was Inspired by the song "Paddlin' Madeline Home".
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Jeremiah 29:11

~ASC


 Giveaway
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To celebrate her tour, Chautona are giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! Click the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this blog post to claim nine extra entries in the giveaway! https://promosimple.com/ps/aa59

*I requested and received this book as a member of Celebrate Lit for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Sweet on You. ~ASC


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December 13: Bigreadersite
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