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Monday, August 29, 2016

The Artisan's Wife Review!!!!!!!

The Artisan's Wife by Judith Miller

Book Description:
Ainslee McKay's world is shaken when she discovers her twin sister has not only eloped with a man she barely knows but now Ainslee must fulfill their obligation at a tile works in Weston, West Virginia. Ainslee must learn the ropes and, if she can keep the tile works profitable, her brother will help her sell the business. 

When Levi Judson arrives and shows Ainslee his designs for new tiles, she's impressed by his skill and passion for the business. But he's hiding his true reason for coming to Weston. And Ainslee knows he'd be crushed to learn his plans for a long career at McKay Tile Works are in vain since she intends to sell. Can the growing feelings between them survive if the truth comes to light--or is a future together as untenable as the future of the tile works itself?


My Opinion:
A Lovely Wrap Up!  This has been a great series that I am SO happy I've been Blessed with reading all the way through!  Following the McKay family and their businesses has been fun, entertaining, and educational!  Throughout these books I have LOVED reading about how the business was run and how the products were made.  From bricks, to pottery, and now tiles!  I found it all very captivating, and Judith writes in a way that keeps it entertaining while still filling it with historical and educational detail!  I also LOVED how she brings everything full circle and let's us know where everyone ends up whether they were good guys or not so good guys! ;)  The look into the mental health facilities at this time was also interesting, if a bit sad since things couldn't stay this way.  On the one hand things were better and on the other some things did need to change.  There were some lulls in the pace, but only slightly and then it would pick back up.  I really liked "getting to know" Ainslee more.  Since she was one of the twins I always thought of them together instead of as individual characters.  So when Judith splits them and takes us along with Ainslee I really found it fascinating and enjoyed her individualizing of this character.  Overall I recommend this series for it's entertaining and lovable characters as well as the Faith messages woven into the plots.  The books are written in a way that I think you could get away with reading them individually, but I also think that you will enjoy it more if you read them as a whole! :)   

Songs: "Trust In You" by Lauren Daigle

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

Jeremiah 29:11

~ASC

*I requested and received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Artisan's Wife. ~ASC

Friday, August 26, 2016

August 2016 CLASH!

Clash of the Titles


Hot! Hot! Hot!
Vote for your Fave!


Scroll through these FOUR new releases and cast your vote for the one you'd pick up first to read.
I know it's hard!



Fight for Liberty by Theresa Linden

Prompted by the inner voice that has guided her for years, Liberty is compelled to bring the freedom she now possesses to others suppressed by the all-controlling government. While unsure of how to carry out this mission, she is willing to risk all to accomplish it.
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An Elegant Facade by Krisit Ann Hunter

Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season; with money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. As their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make.
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Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsend

Sarah travels back to the twelfth century and discovers that a ghost from her past has returned to Serimone, intent on changing the future. Time is quickly running out to stop him, and her life is put on the line as she must decide between returning to the safety of her world, and entrusting her future with a hero of the past as they attempt to save history.
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One Thursday Morning by T.K. Chapin

Running not only for her own life, but that of her unborn baby, Serenah moves across the country to a little town outside of Spokane Washington called Newport. It's here she'll begin to build a new life and go by a different name in the hopes of staying hidden from her abusive husband John. 
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Fetching Sweetness Review!!!!!!!

Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink

Book Description:
Fetching Sweetness (Harvest House, July 2016)

Standing between Stephanie and her dream is one hundred pounds of lovable trouble.


It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author's valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.

But Agnes's canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.

When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings---a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog . . . thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it's a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.


Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2auLee3
 
About the author:

Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.

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My Opinion:
GREAT READ!  I really thought the first in this series Sit, Stay, Love a really fun read and Fetching Sweetness is even better!!!  I had SO much fun reading this book!  There are hilarious scenes, great characters, lovable animals, and a whole bunch of circumstances that twist and turn but Dana brings everything together beautifully in the end!  This story has God's never ending love for us at it's heart.  Showing that no matter how bad we mess up or how hurt and angry we've been; He still loves us and wants the best for us!  The only thing I wish had been different had nothing to do with the story and everything to do with the cover.  I wish they had found a dog that looked more like the dog in the book, but then again I do LOVE that picture of the dog...with his eyes smiling and that ear!!!....so I'm torn on that!  But I digress. ;)  Overall this story is fantastic, fun, and entertaining with fabulous Faith messages and a sweet romance!  I highly recommend it! 
Songs: "He Leadeth Me" by The Cluster Pluckers, "Thy Will" by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family, "Come As You Are" by Crowder

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

Jeremiah 29:11

~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 Fetching Sweetness. ~ASC


Dana Mentink’s ‘Fetching Sweetness’ Prize Pack Giveaway

A recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest can only be found in Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink. It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Retrieve a reclusive author's valuable new manuscript and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent. But when the author's canine companion, Sweetness, makes a break for it and Stephanie has to track Sweetness down, she meets Rhett Hastings. They’re in for a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Celebrate the release of Fetching Sweetness with Dana by entering to win the Sweetness Unleashed Prize Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 24. The winner will be announced August 25 on Dana's blog.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

October Celebration Box Spotlight: Change of Heart by Molly Jebber


Celebrate Lit October Celebration Box
Celebrate Lit is excited to announce their new Celebration Box! The celebration box is a unique, one of a kind box with goodies hand picked by the author just for you! These boxes are special because they are not sold anywhere else. There is a limited supply so be sure to get yours right away!
October’s box features Molly Jebber’s Change of Heart. Sales for the October box will close on September 16 or while supplies last.
The basic box includes:
  • A minimum of 6 items handpicked by the author themed around the book.
  • A themed charm specifically chosen for this book.
  • One lucky box will contain a special item that no one else will receive.
Along with the basic box, you can purchase the ebook or paperback book for a discounted price.
To purchase your box, click here.

Monday, August 15, 2016

FamilyChristian.com Store review for flyby promotions campaign


Description: 
Family Christian Summer Sale

About Family Christian
Family Christian is a Christian retailer, operating in 250 stores across the country.
They are committed to helping you find, grow, share and celebrate your faith
through a wide selection of Christian books, music, Bibles, DVDs, gifts and more.
When you shop with Family Christian, your purchases support their efforts to unite
with ministries that are helping children and families in need around the world.

Make the most of your summer with Family Christian’s unbeatable Buy 1, Get 1 50%
Off sale on ALL Books, Movies and Music for the whole family! Shoppers can mix and
match products to get the deal, which means they don’t need to shop within the
same department.

The sale is going on now through August 25, so visit your local store today or shop
online at familychristian.com.

So go ahead—catch up on some reading, put your summer soundtrack on repeat and enjoy a
movie night with your family.

Product Recommendations by FamilyChristian.com
Whether you’re road tripping, vacationing with the family, lounging on the beach or staying
close to home, Family Christian has you covered! Here are some items we suggest you check
out this summer:

Bible: Journaling Bibles
Description: Select journaling Bibles are now 30% off through August 25! Ignite a renewed
passion for exploring God’s Word, whether you’re jotting down notes from a church sermon
or recording prayer requests from small group—you’ll have all the space you need. And
many of our journaling Bibles are filled with illustrations to inspire and get you started.
Choose from 26 styles, and save now!

Book: For the Glory by Duncan Hamilton
Description: Eric Liddell, hero of Chariots of Fire, ran and lived for the glory of God. This
compelling narrative is his untold and inspiring story of athletic heroism and faith in the
darkest circumstances—from his Olympic medal to his missionary work in China to his last,
brave years in a Japanese work camp during World War II.

Book: Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson
Description: When Evie Blackwell arrives in Carin, Illinois, it’s to help launch a new task
force dedicated to reexamining two of the city’s unsolved crimes. As she dives into evidence
and develops new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly a third cold case.
She’s determined to solve them before she leaves town, and Sheriff Gabriel Thane and his
family will be key to those answers. Book #1 of the Evie Blackwell Cold Case series.

Music: H A R D L O V E by NEEDTOBREATHE (available July 15)
Description: This sixth studio album from NEEDTOBREATE finds the group reflecting on
the tumultuous seasons behind their recent albums, Rivers In the Wasteland and The
Reckoning, and enjoying extraordinary success while experiencing personal conflict. “We
were in a dark place when we made the last record, but to me this album is mostly a story of
redemption,” Bear Rinehart said. H A R D L O V E delves into the world of electronic effects
and instrumentation, resulting in a sublimely crafted and expansive sound that reflects the
band’s unforgettable live show. Includes lead singles “Happiness” and “Money & Fame.”

DVD: Miracles from Heaven (available July 12)
Description: Upon discovering her 10-year- old daughter, Anna, has an incurable disease,
Christy Beam becomes a ferocious advocate of finding a solution. After Anna has an
accident, an astonishing miracle unfolds in the wake of her rescue, restoring her family’s
faith. Based on a true story. Stars Jennifer Garner and Kylie Rogers with Queen Latifah.

DVD: Risen
Description: Risen tells the story of a powerful Roman military tribune and his aide seeking
to solve the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the Crucifixion. Their
goal: to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. Stars
Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton.
Kids’ Items: Summer Reading Club

Description: Encourage kids 12 years and younger to take their reading to new heights by
joining our Summer Reading Club. When they read six books, we’ll give them a free book of
their choice. Jump start their reading now with our Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off sale on all Kids’
Books! The Club is going on now and ends August 25, so get them reading!

Link to learn more: http://www.familychristian.com/summerreading

Kids’ Items: VeggieTales
Description: Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, Junior Asparagus and the rest of the
VeggieTales gang will keep kids giggling and learning with their silly songs and life lessons
on a wide selection of DVDs, books and CDs! Introduce kids today to some fun and hilarious
new friends by inviting them on an adventure with the VeggieTales.

New Product Line: Active Faith
We’re thrilled to be the exclusive retail partner for Active Faith Sports! Formed by a
group of Christian athletes, Active Faith offers apparel with Christian-inspired
designs and messages, encouraging you to share your faith whether you’re on the
court, out for a jog or running errands around town.
Pro athletes seen wearing Active Faith apparel include Stephen Curry, Demaryius
Thomas, Clayton Kershaw, James Harden and more!
Men’s apparel is available now in stores and online. Women’s and youth apparel will
be available mid-July.
Here are some videos we filmed with founder Lanny Smith about Active Faith to
help inform you about the line:

http://familychristian.com/active-faith#commercial

My Opinion:
I really wanted to love this store and recommend it whole heartedly.  I really like their products and what they stand for, but problem after problem arose.  As apart of the campaign I was sent a $25 coupon to use on the store and review my experience.  I was REALLY excited!  I got my coupon in the mail, and since the store in my state is over 245 miles away from me, I must order online.  I had already scoped out what I wanted and was ready to order!  But when I went to use the coupon it said it was invalid.  After many attempts with many different items in the cart it still refuses to accept my $25 dollars....

But since I was to review my experience and not my purchase I'm still sharing what I saw and my personal opinion.

There were also many product prices that were quite a bit more expensive on FamilyChristian.com than I could get on the online stores I frequently use.  And like some, those dollars saved go a LONG way for me and my family.  Perhaps if I had been able to use the summer deal of Buy 1 Get 1 50% off, it would have helped also....  

There are many aspects of the store I do still like, though.  When I choose to see products from the Lowest Price, Name A-Z, Newest to Oldest, etc. it saves that so even if I change from Music to books I don't have to start all over again in seeing it in the order I want.  They have a $5 deal on the book of the week (though there is shipping).  And they have special order on items they don't currently have in stock.  Meaning that if you find it on their store and they don't have it, they will get it for you from their partner or vendor.  

There fix for the issue was for me to call support and order over the phone.  Since I don't talk on the phone this is not a fix for me....  Plus I wanted to review my experience online and not on the phone.

Overall from my experience I think I'll be sticking with christianbook.com. :/  

P.S. the product recommendations are from the store itself.  I can not recommend the products because I either have not read, watched, used, or listened to them.  With exception to Miracles from Heaven (which I have seen, and HIGHLY recommend!  It is a FABULOUS movie) and of coarse veggie tales! ;)  I LOVE veggie tales! :D  

#FamilyChristianStores and #FlyBy 

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Loyal Heart Review!

The Loyal Heart by Shelly Shepard Gray

Book Description:

The Loyal Heart (Zondervan, July 2016)

Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn't expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places.
Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything.

After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip's name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone.

Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He's mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can.

He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn't prove to be an easy task---Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2ae3eOX

About the author:


Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest



My Opinion:
Good read.  I really liked parts of this book, while others I wish were a little different!  There's a great mystery hidden within that will continue (I hope) through the series.  Many questions come up as you read about these characters and only some are answered!  So of coarse I MUST go on! :D  There were definite lulls in the pace however.  Sometimes I wished some scenes were shorter or not quite as well described and detailed.  And there was one time when I felt it was repeating a scene a little....  However the characters are highly interesting and the sub characters are even more so!  I can't wait for some of their stories and to see what happens with them!  Especially since I'm still not sure where one characters loyalty truly lies! ;)   

Songs: "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again" by Danny Gokey and "Press On" by Mandisa
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Psalm 51:10

~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 The Loyal Heart. ~ASC

Monday, August 8, 2016

Clash of the Titles Author Spotlight!





Authors get stories from so many different places and experiences. It's always interesting to discover where the inspiration comes from. Today, we'll hear from debut author, Annette O'Hare. Her historical romance, Northern Light has already garnered some terrific reviews!


From the first sentence to the book’s stunning conclusion, Annette O’Hare’s brilliant first novel Northern Light captured my heart. O’Hare’s storytelling is flawless and her grasp of Texas history is spot on. This tenth generation Texan heartily approves! Do yourself a favor and savor this meeting of North and South on the Bolivar peninsula. I promise it will be the best book you’ll read in a very long time! —Kathleen Y'Barbo, best-selling author of over 40 titles

My Inspiration For Writing Northern Light

By: Annette O’Hare


Annette O'Hare
There’s a wonderful phrase known to authors that says, write what you know. This simple idiom by Twain, or was it Faulkner, no…I think it might have been Thurber, no it was definitely Twain who said it. Whoever it was knew what they were talking about and that’s why I wrote Northern Light. The setting for my debut novel is the lighthouse on the Bolivar Peninsula on the Texas coast; a place near and dear to my heart. A place I know very well.

When I was a child growing up in Houston, Texas in the 1970’s, my family visited Bolivar every summer for fishing, swimming, and shell hunting. My father would drive our family of five to Galveston, and then onto a short ferry ride connecting Galveston Island with the Bolivar Peninsula.

The ferry ride was a favorite part of the vacation. We made playful bets concerning which ferry we would ride. Would it be the Cone Johnson, the E.H. Thornton Jr., the R.S. Sterling, or the Gibb Gilchrist? We knew each boat by name. My two older brothers and I would save back French fries and pinches of bread from our fast food meals. After the boat was loaded and the captain gave the safety speech, we would bolt for the back of the boat to feed the seagulls and dolphins.

I always knew the exact place the ferry would dock at the peninsula because Daddy told me to look for the landmark. It was hard to find at first, but the closer the ferry came to Bolivar, the bigger it became. By the time the boat landed, the Bolivar Point Lighthouse was as big as a skyscraper in this little girl’s eyes.

http://annetteohare.com/images/misc/bolivarpoint-688.jpgOnce off the boat we drove past the iron lighthouse. Her light extinguished, she no longer lit the way for ships coming in or going out of Galveston Bay. Daddy always pointed out the two, abandoned keeper’s houses beside the lighthouse. He showed how one of the house’s nameplates read Boyt and the other, Maxwell. I didn’t understand the significance then, but later I realized the connection. Daddy’s aunt, my great aunt, was married to a Boyt, and she and her sister, my grandmother, were born with the surname Maxwell.

You’re probably wondering if my daddy’s family were the lighthouse keepers. No, the truth is that Mr. Boyt, my great-uncle, bought the lighthouse and property at an auction and it has been owned by that family ever since.


The original Bolivar Point Lighthouse dates back prior to the Civil War. In fact, it was during that war that the Confederates completely dismantled the lighthouse. Some accounts say it was so the Union wouldn’t use the light to
their advantage. Others say the Confederate army used the iron for weapons and artillery. Nevertheless, the lighthouse was rebuilt shortly after the war. The great conical tower has seen over 150 years of United States history and it still stands tall on the Bolivar Peninsula to this day.

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Visit Annette at AnnetteOHare.com

About Northern Light

Civil War has robbed Margaret Logan of all she holds dear, including her beloved New Orleans home and her fiancĂ©. When her family moves to the desolate Bolivar Peninsula to manage a lighthouse that is no longer there, all her hopes for a normal future are dashed. Her world is rocked once again when a wounded Yankee soldier washes ashore needing her help. Despite her contempt for the North, Margaret falls in love with Thomas Murphy. As their love blooms, Margaret’s sister is overcome with neurosis, and her mind slowly slips away. Bitterness, psychosis and depression yield a decision fueled by contempt. Will one fatal choice cause Margaret to lose the man she loves and condemn Thomas to death?
Purchase Northern Light in e-book or paperback

*I have not read this book.  There for I can not give me opinion or recommendation on it.  That said it does sounds mighty intriguing to me! :D ~ASC

Monday, August 1, 2016

Missing Review Part Two!

Missing by Lisa Harris

Book Description:
Nikki Boyd Enters the Deadly World of Counterfeit Drugs to Find a Missing Woman

Nikki Boyd isn't usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she's ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant--and another dead body--Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business--including Nikki.


My Opinion:
There are times that I wish there were a few more Faith scenes through out the book as a whole, Nikki praying or her and Tyler talking more about God and Jesus.  But there are more scenes towards the end that I enjoyed!  Left with a cliff hanger and anxiously awaiting the next book there were also a few romantic scenes that I thought would go a little differently, but since the characters finally got closer to were I wanted them I'm good with it! ;)  LOL!  Fast paced, suspenseful, and filled with twists and turns!  Overall an excellent addition to this series!  

Songs
: "Overcomer" by Mandisa
 Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

~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 Missing. ~ASC

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Missing Review Part One!

Missing by Lisa Harris

Book Description:
Nikki Boyd Enters the Deadly World of Counterfeit Drugs to Find a Missing Woman

Nikki Boyd isn't usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she's ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant--and another dead body--Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business--including Nikki.


My Opinion:
Exciting and fast paced!  WOW!  I think I enjoyed this one even more than the first book!  I like Nikki more and more as this series goes on!  Lisa packs SO much into these books!  I both like the fast pace and get slightly exhausted by it! LOL!  There's quite a few people that loose there lives in Missing and the overall plot is both interesting and exciting (and a little frightening)!  I feel for Nikki so much as her work life and personal life collide!  Filled with characters you can really connect, to I can't wait for the next Nikki Boyd novel!

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

~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 Missing. ~ASC

Friday, July 29, 2016

How One Author Turned Her Great-Aunt's Journal into a Popular Novel



This week, we're pleased to feature the winner of the July Clash of the Titles competition. Susan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty published novels. She’s a two-time winner of the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, and also a winner of the Carol Award,  the Will Rogers Medallion, and was a finalist in the WILLA Awards and the More Than Magic Contest.

A Maine native, she now lives in Kentucky. Her historical romance The Outlaw Takes a Bride is a finalist in the 2015 Will Rogers Medallion Awards. 
Her latest accomplishment is having her brand new June release, River Rest, be chosen as the July Clash of the Titles victor.

We asked Susan to tell us a little about writing River Rest. Here's what she had to say.

CBA: What made you choose the setting for your story?


SPD: My great-aunt left a journal she wrote in the 1920s and ’30s. It gave such a vivid picture of life in rural Maine that I wanted to write a story in that setting. I decided to push it back to 1918, near the end of World War I, because of the added tension and also because my grandfather (Aunt Belle’s brother-in-law) served in WWI. He was drafted close to the end of the war, and I adapted some details of his story to fit in for my heroine, Judith’s brother. River Rest is purely fiction, but many of the events in it were inspired by things that really happened in my family.

CBA: Do your characters have anything in common with real people?

SPD: In real life, my grandmother (Aunt Belle’s sister) was a schoolteacher before she married my grandfather. Judith has a lot in common with both my Nana and Aunt Belle. She loves her bird feeder, she learns to make quilts, and she cooks many of the same things my Nana served. Her life on the farm is a lot like theirs was. I love Judith because she keeps on, even when she is tempted to fall into depression as her father did. She knows people are depending on her, so she perseveres.


CBA: You mention your story was inspired by your great-aunt's journal. What's the best thing you learned from reading what she wrote?

SPD: My Great-aunt Belle, who wrote the journal, died in 1939, long before I was born. She was 55, and she died from complications of appendicitis. I never got the chance to know her, and I would love to be able to sit down with her for a cup of tea. As a side note, I had acute appendicitis myself in 1985, and it was no fun then, with modern medicine to help me out. Aunt Belle noted so many cultural things in her diary—who she voted for, the famous boxers of the day, the way the neighboring farm boys were building tractors out of truck chassis, and all the community events and gossip. She never had children of her own, but she doted on her nieces and nephews. I think I would have loved her.


Thanks to Susan for her insights. You may visit her at her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com .

River Rest sounds like an interesting read. Here's more about the book:

Unable to depend on her father to heal the crumbling family, Judith is afraid to trust the mysterious neighbor, Ben, who lives with his own grief.

Maine, 1918

Judith Chadbourne gave up her teaching job after her mother’s death to help her father with her five siblings. But when her father sinks into deep depression and her brother Joel is drafted, the household chores and farm work may overwhelm her. Neighbor Ben Thayer offers to buy their farm, shocking Judith and angering her father. An outsider from New York, Ben seems rich and mysterious, but his heart aches from his own loss. Judith accidentally breaks the antique crystal Christmas ornament her mother loved. The splintering star echoes her family’s shattering. Ben’s efforts to help make Judith suspicious, but when Joel falls critically ill at the army camp, Ben’s aid brings the beginnings of trust. After the armistice, and the community and family start to recover from the strain of the war, but Judith learns independence is lonely. When Ben is injured, she is the only one who can help him. Can love take her beyond the frozen Maine winter?


If you're into period romances, be sure to check this one out! A plethora of people voted this into their TBR pile. You might want to join them!


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Monday, July 25, 2016

Honor Redeemed Review!

Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson

Book Description:
Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West. Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future: make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to Key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life. Arriving penniless in the South, Prosperity is dismayed to find David married to someone else. Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, she gains the friendship--and the affection--of a kind doctor. Could he be the answer to her loneliness? Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again?

With a deft hand, Christine Johnson fills the reader's senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of Key West in this heartwarming story of honor lost, honor redeemed, and a love forged in adversity.


My Opinion:
Great Faith messages!  I read and LOVED the first in this series, Love's Rescue, so I was REALLY excited to read Honor Redeemed.  And WOW what a story!  This is filled with pain and heartache, but beating at the heart of the story is Forgiveness and love!  I was so happy Elizabeth and Rourke, as well as Elizabeth's dad come back to help out, along with some new additions! :)  There were a few moments that I wish had been different.  Mainly that the two main characters would stop going back and forth quite so much and just talk to each other! LOL!  But there were very important scenes mixed in those moments also.  The plot is very different from what I expected from the book description, and I couldn't bring myself to really like Dr. Goodenow for many reasons so I was rooting for David pretty much from the beginning!  For me the Faith messages of this book are FABULOUS, the intrigue is spot on, and the ending is BEAUTIFUL!

Songs: "Forgiveness" by Matthew West and "He Leadeth Me" performed by The Cluster Pluckers

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

Romans 8:28

~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 Honor Redeemed. ~ASC

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