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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

12 days of Christmas Tour Reviews!!!

Happy Tuesday all! :)  This post is gonna be long!  I was blessed to be included in the 12 Days of Christmas Tour that consists of four books!  So here's the book info and my reviews I hope you enjoy them all, they are great books, and don't forget to Enter to win books and don't forget the party on Facebook November 12th! :)  Thank you for reading ASC Book Reviews; I am SO thankful to all my followers! :)  God Bless and keep you all! ~ASC

Book Description:
Silent Night: As Christmas day nears, Bree and her faithful search-and-rescue dog Samson follow the trail of a troubling mystery into the snowy forests of Rock Harbor.
Bree Matthews is preparing for Christmas guests, but her heart is reeling from the recent and tender loss of her unborn child. Her sister-in-law, Lauri, suddenly turns up on the doorstep of the lighthouse home Bree shares with her husband, Kade, in Rock Harbor. Secretive and withdrawn, Lauri seems curiously intent on discovering what happened to a parachuter who disappeared in the North Woods along Lake Superior's icy shore.

As Bree and Samson, her search-and-rescue dog, plunge into the search, Bree wonders if Lauri may know more than she's admitted about the parachuter. And then the clues lead them to the trail of a young woman whose family fears the worst about her disappearance.

Will the search on this snowy, silent night lead Bree and Samson to more than clues about the missing girl? And will Bree's prayer for a baby ever be answered?

My Opinion:
Love Love Love this novella!!!  And this author!!!  I love the characters and their relationships especially Bree and Kade's!  I love the mystery and the excitement and I absolutely LOVE the end!!!  This in my first Rocky Harbor book and it only made me want to read more!!! I MUST see how all these characters started.  I really enjoy all the different occupations and aspects especially the search and rescue.  I really love the way Colleen writes and the whole flow of the story; blending some humor with mystery with difficult situations.  The only thing that left me wanting...was I want MORE!!!  I wish this book had gone on and on.  But if you're looking for a great quick read this is a MUST READ for you!  It's a beautiful story filled with Faith, Hope, growing up, and coming together!

Songs: "Silent Night" sung by Elvis Presley, "White Christmas" sing by Elvis Presley, "Always on My Mind (Remastered)" by Elvis Presley, "On A Snowy Christmas Night" by Elvis Presley, "God Is So Good To Me" by Mckameys, and "Joy To The World" sung by Nat King Cole

Purchase a copy of Silent Night: http://ow.ly/qbrTE

Book Description:

Holy Night: One sinister phone call has derailed their wedding. Will they let it tear them apart forever?

A Christmas wedding on the beach---what could be more perfect? Poinsettias and fragrant pikake blossoms, soft sand and mistletoe, the gentle sound of the surf and the wedding march played on a ukulele. This wedding has been a long time coming, with Bane's trust issues and Leia's worries about her childlike sister, Eva.

Now they can hardly wait for the day to arrive. Thrilled to be a bridesmaid, Eva keeps trying on her ruffled dress. The tent is reserved, the caterers paid. Everything is going as planned---until Leia's phone rings and her world skids out of control. A muffled voice informs Leia that Eva's been kidnapped and will be killed unless Leia calls off the wedding without explanation---and no police! If she disobeys instructions and tells Bane, she'll risk her beloved sister's life. But how can she ever handle this without his help? And how can he ever trust her if she lies to him now?

My Opinion:
This Novella was really entertaining!  This is yet another glimpse of a series that I REALLY WANT TO READ NOW!!! LOL!  Just a taste of all of these great characters has left me wanting to read the series and discover more and more about them!  Colleen comes up with the most unique and lovable characters.  I did feel a little frustrated at times, but that was just because I was rooting for this couple so hard and circumstance kept popping up and pushing them apart!  This could have been a whole novel instead of just a novella and I would have eaten it up though with the suspense in some scenes I was happy it was resolved in just few chapters! :D  Happy endings, fabulous scenes, and  a love that goes deep is what you'll find in Holy Night and much, much more!

Songs: "O Holy Night (Album Version)" sung by Celine Dion, "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" by Stones River Ranch Boys, "Silent Night" by Stones River Ranch Boys, and "Ukulele Bridal Chorus" by Josh Kekoa Cho

Purchase a copy of Holy Night: http://ow.ly/qbrG0

About the Author: Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA's RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

Find out more about Colleen at http://www.colleencoble.com.

Book Description:
A Daughters of Promise book.
Anna's grandfather seems determined to ruin her Rumspringa . . . and any hopes she has of finding a husband.

Anna Byler should be enjoying her Rumspringa as allowed by her faith. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather---the bishop---the available suitors in town are afraid to court her. Even Anna's grandmother is keeping a big secret from Anna's grandfather in an effort to keep the peace. Under her grandfather's oppressive watch, Anna begins to feel her faith slipping and wonders if God has forsaken her.
Jacob Hostetler and his family have relocated to Lancaster County following a family tragedy in Ohio. As his family struggles to rebuild their lives, Jacob is forced to act as head of the household when his father is unable to cope with recent events. It's been a long time since Jacob has felt any joy. Until he meets Anna Byler. But will Anna's grandfather succeed at keeping them apart? And can Jacob put the past behind him and open his heart?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/qbsj7

About the Author: Beth is a Carol Award Winner, Inspirational Readers Choice Winner, INSPY Winner, and the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. All of her books have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller list and the CBA (Christian Book Association) bestseller list. She grew up in Houston, Texas and now resides in a small town west of Houston with a population of around 300. She lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, two pot bellied pigs, two chickens and a pygmy goat. Her two grown sons also live in Texas. Beth has been writing in some capacity for most of her life. She's a former award-winning journalist with eleven honors, including 'First Place News Writing' for The Texas Press Association. However, writing love stories with a spiritual message is where her heart is. When Beth isn't writing (which is seldom these days) she enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing, reading, or just settling in for a good movie. Her best times are spent with family and friends! 
Find out more about Beth at http://bethwiseman.com.

My Opinion:
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!  Plain Peace for me started nicely, fast paced, and then really got rolling!  It is SO much more than what the book description says it is.  Filled with great messages of healing, forgiveness, and honesty!  The story just got better and better with the introduction of every new character.  This is the first in this series I've read as well as by this author and I REALLY want to read more!  I absolutely fell in love with the characters as I followed them through there dilemmas.  Some of the scenes where hilarious and I laughed so hard while others where so touching.  The only thing that I didn't like and depressed me was that I read a review copy from Net Galley and it didn't have the Amish recipes in the back and some of the things in the book sounded amazing!  LOL!  But those of you that follow my reviews know how crazy I am about recipes! ;)  Anyway Plain Peace is an awesome read with interesting and shocking twists that are thoroughly entertaining to the end!  A Must Read and a heartwarming book all the way around!  

Songs: "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" by Patsy Cline, "Sweet By And By" by The Statler Brothers, and "Wings Of A Dove" by Ferlin Husky

and finally a book that I have already reviewed but is also with the 12 Days of Christmas Tour!

Book Description:
 Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind---Englischers? And was her intended's gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?

Don't miss award-winning author Tricia Goyer's first Christmas novella.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/qbs31

About the Author: USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and "Lead Your Family Like Jesus," (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children.

Find out more about Tricia at http://triciagoyer.com.

My Opinion:
Beautiful!  A Christmas Gift for Rose officially kicks off this years Christmas reads for me!  And what a great novella to do so.  I'm beginning to think that Christmas Novellas are my favorite things to read!  Top 5 at least! :)  This one starts out around, and in, Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas day with a beautiful gift.  Hence the title.  Tricia's way of writing is wonderful.  Her characters are lovable, at times frustrating, and beautiful all wrapped into one.  There are certain tid-bits that Tricia adds that made be laugh and some that nearly brought tears and it's these things that make me love her writing the most.  This book is filled with the message of Hope and God's plans.  Some of the feelings were frustrating but realistically so. LOL!  And the turmoils that continued to affect our veterans after the war are expressed realistically as well.  I loved learning how the Amish responded to World War II, and the historical origins of this story.  Based on a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose was all the more touching.  A secret, hope, family, finding where one belongs, love, God's provisions, and sacrifice are just the beginning.  This is an excellent way to kick off the season and will make a wonderful Thanksgiving/Christmas read!  I highly recommend it.

Soundtrack: "Doxology (Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow)" by Heidi Nadine,"Just Say Jesus" by 7eventh Time Down, "Christmas Rose" by Randy Yoder, "O Holy Night" by Celine Dion, and "Trust And Obey" by The Joslin Grove Choral Society

Exodus 14:14

~ASC

I hope you enjoyed reading about these books and thanks again for reading! :)  ~ASC

*I received these books for the purpose of reviewing them.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above is how I honestly feel about all of the books I read. ~ASC

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