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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Annabel Lee Review Part One!!!!!

Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa

Book Description:
Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden. That secret's name is Annabel Lee Truckson, and even she doesn't know why her mysterious uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He's left her with a few German words, a barely-controlled guard dog, and a single command: "Don't open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me."

Above ground, a former Army sniper called The Mute and an enigmatic "Dr. Smith" know about the girl. As the race begins to find her, the tension builds. Who wants to set her free? Why does the other want to keep her captive forever? Who will reach her first?

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill need to piece together the clues and stay alive long enough to retrieve the girl--before it's too late.


My Opinion:
First Impression:  I found this description highly intriguing and when I saw it was from Revell I jumped at a chance to read and review it!  It grabs you and drags you in from the very beginning and won't let you go!  The pace is fast and exciting!  There are some dark moments that make me think that this should be for only older and more mature readers, not young adult, but I don't know that it's marketed towards YA anyway so I digress! :)  I LOVE LOVE LOVE Trudi as a character!  And her whole relationship with Sam is intriguing and I hope they can figure things out as the series continues! ;)  There are some, for lack of a better word, strange about the book that I'm not sure how I necessarily feel about them yet.  But overall I'm enjoying it.  Twists and shocks upon twists keep you on yours toes and wondering what can possibly happen next! :D 


Songs to come: 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 Annabel Lee. ~ASC

The Red Door Inn Review!!!

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

Book Description:
Marie Carrington is running from a host of bad memories. Broke and desperate, she's hoping to find safety and sanctuary on Prince Edward Island, where she reluctantly agrees to help decorate a renovated bed-and-breakfast before it opens for prime tourist season.

Seth Sloane didn't move three thousand miles to work on his uncle's B&B so he could babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. He came to help restore the old Victorian--and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart.

The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just three months will take everything they've got. Can these two wounded souls find hope, healing, and perhaps a bit of romance on this beautiful island?

Step into the Red Door Inn, a lovely home away from home tucked along the north shore of fabled Prince Edward Island. It's a place where the wounded come to heal, the broken find forgiveness, and the lonely find a family. Won't you stay for the season?


My Opinion:
Excellent!  This book had me at Prince Edward Island! LOL!  Ever since Anne I've loved this location for a great book and that's exactly what this is a GREAT book!  This is my first from Liz and I'm happy to say I'll be watching for her other works!  There was a time when it took me a little while to get going with this one, but once I understood what was going on I was off and running!  Healing is the heart of this story all the way around!  These characters have suffered pain in some form or another and it has left their lives in turmoil.  But as God brings them closer together healing starts to take root.  But can they get the Red Door Inn finished in time or will all their work be for naught?!  I love the town, the characters, the antiques, bakery, and church.  I just really enjoyed this book! :)  And I can't wait for the next in this series!

Song: "The Hurt & The Healer" by MercyMe

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 The Red Door Inn. ~ASC

Covered Bridge Charm Review!

Covered Bridge Charm by Dianne Christner

Book Description:
Carly Blosser may not match the typical description of a conservative Mennonite woman—unmarried at 27, living alone, and careening around her Oregon neighborhood on a pink bicycle—but she has a soft heart for the elderly Mennonite residents at Sweet Life Assisted Living Facility, where she works as a caregiver. When Carly's plans for a new volunteer program go awry, she shifts her focus to one lonely resident named Martha. Adam Lapp, a wood shop instructor at Sweet Life, joins with Carly to reunite Martha with an old flame before her 85th birthday. Carly and Adam's hunt involves carved initials on covered bridges, digging up the past, and the appearance of a newcomer, who hinders the budding romance between the two. Soon, new clues sweep them all in a harried race to the finish line where love is sure to be the ultimate prize.

My Opinion:
This book's not for me.  I had a really hard time getting into this one from the beginning, and then there are just a few things that are a little too fast for me.  I guess that is the best way to describe it, while other things were a bit too slow in coming.  The character's relationship is neither here nor there, and I just couldn't get to where I was enjoying it.  There are interesting aspects, from Carly's choice of pet and her Aunt's excellent advice.  But even with that I didn't finish the book.  My recommendation would be to read the "look inside" preview on amazon and see if it grabs your interest! :) 

Things in this review may be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

~ASC

*I received this book from Shiloh for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Covered Bridge Charm. ~ASC

PLAYING THE PART BY JEN TURANO | BLOG TOUR AND 5-BOOK GIVEAWAY

A fan’s interest takes a threatening turn, causing actress Lucetta Plum to take refuge at the mysterious Bram Haverstein’s estate. Don’t miss the hilarity, hijinks, and danger that Bram, Lucetta, and their friends are swept into in Jen Turano’s Playing the PartWhile Lucetta has no interest in her friend’s matchmaking machinations, she can’t ignore the strange things going on in Bram’s house and the secrets he hides. Can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?
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Playing the Part (Bethany House, March 2016)
Can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?
Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucetta’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.
Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.
Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.
Jen Turano

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Jen Turano, author of the Ladies of Distinction series and the A Class of Their Own series, is a graduate of the University of Akron. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.
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Author Interview with Siri Mitchelle!

Good Morning! :)  
I'm overjoyed to interview Siri Mitchelle and share her answers with you today!  Her latest, Flirtation Walk, released this month and I HIGHLY recommend it! :)

About Siri:
Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.
But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a speaker and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.
Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.

ASC-What's you favorite Bible verse? 

SM-"There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky." Deut. 33:26 (KJV)

ASC-What's you favorite song right now? 

SM-Help Me Find It by Sidewalk Prophets


ASC-What are you reading right now? 

SM-Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

ASC-What or who encouraged you to write? 

SM-My ninth grade history teacher told me I was a really good writer, British author Noreen RIols encouraged me through my first manuscript, and Lissa Halls Johnson has cheered me on ever since

ASC-What was you Inspiration for Flirtation Walk? 

SM-I read somewhere that there was a tradition at West Point that the cadet who graduated at the bottom of his class received a dollar from everyone else. It made me wonder what it would take for a cadet at the very top of his class to slide all the way down to the bottom

ASC-What's next for you? 

SM-I not sure what's next! I'm sifting through ideas at the moment

ASC-Is there anything else that you would like readers to know?

SM-Thank you for all of your enthusiasm and encouragement for my stories through the years! Flirtation Walk is my sixteenth novel. I could not have written so hard for so long without you!! 

Connect with Siri on Facebook and Twitter 

Thank you Siri for answering all these questions! :)  I LOVE your answers! Many Blessings~ASC

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Q&A with Ruth Logan Herne!

An interview with Ruth Logan Herne, 
Author of Back in the Saddle



Family relationships are never easy, and loss, grief and greed can compound normal everyday tensions. Ruth Logan Herne offers hope for hurting families with the messages contained in her new book, Back in the Saddle 
(Multnomah Books/March 15, 2016/ ISBN: 978-1601427762/$9.99).  




Q: Your latest release, Back in the Saddle, is a modern twist on the biblical parable of the prodigal son. Can you tell us a little bit about the story?   

Take one smokin’ hot hero with a chip on his shoulder, turn his hard-won world upside down at the same time his estranged father is diagnosed with deteriorating liver disease and watch the sparks fly!   

Colt Stafford grew up with resentment burned into his soul. His mother told him to trust God with all his little heart and soul, and when Colt lost her to a tragic car wreck, he realized that if God existed, he sure wasn’t anyone who could be trusted. He was left with a power-loving, money-hungry father who saw gold in establishing a new kind of beef empire, but Sam’s quest for world beef domination left little for his son. When he tried to rectify that mistake with more mistakes, their relationship dissolved.   

But grown-ups see things through a different reality lens, and Colt’s return sets a new normal in motion. His presence disrupts the status quo for the better, and when he gets beyond his initial affront of having a woman running part of the show at the Double S, he realizes that maybe God does exist. And maybe, just maybe, that imperfect timing of his youth was pretty perfect after all.    

Q: Your leading man, Colt Stafford, is a proud man who has to return home in disgrace after a personal misfortune. How did you tap into some of your own life experiences to paint his character?  

Great question! I took that time I was crazy rich and gambled it all on one roll of the dice and rolled snake eyes. . . . OK, I wasn’t ever rich, and I don’t throw dice, but I have two sons living in Manhattan. I watched their skilled, brilliant friends get rolled under a financial bus with the crash of 2008, and examining the underpinnings of what went wrong, I saw an area ripe for character development.   

And that’s where Colt came from. But the expert advice on pegging Colt in Lower Manhattan came from my youngest son, Luke, who is currently working in hedge funds. Fans of Michael Lewis books will recognize that Wall Street doesn’t talk easily or freely, so having an insider point of view was clutch for developing Colt’s career and his downfall with accuracy. I did buy Luke a lot of coffee out of gratitude!  

Q: When you’re caught at a crossroads in life, such as a couple of your characters were, what process do you have for weighing your options and making a decision?   

Then or now?  

Because younger people might go at this very differently than a mother who’s raised six kids through various levels of Ivy League education while waitressing in a Greek diner.   

When I was younger, I tended to jump first, ask questions later, and I was pretty sure I was right. Maybe for that time I was, because what working mother of six has time to think? So I acted often on instinct, but when faced with a particularly tough crossroads, I always turned to prayer and patience. The prayer was easy. Sitting back and letting God take lead? I have found that smart folks have a hard time with that initially, and when I finally broke through the “But I should be able to do this!” wall I erected, life got calmer. I got calmer. It wasn’t age; it was learning I don’t have to do it all. Sometimes, I can simply be an enthusiastic (or sad) bystander. And that was OK.  

Q: For the Stafford family, marriages don’t seem to last a lifetime. What advice do you have for those who want a healthy marriage but didn’t have the opportunity to observe one in their own family?   

Marriage is work.  

Let me repeat that.  

Marriage is work.  

And in that work comes the essence of love, patience, grace, forgiveness (lots of that on both sides, I reckon!) and joy.   


Now having said that, I think there is a formula. First, marry the right person as best you’re able. People don’t mature at the same rate, and the ideas of twenty-somethings are rarely the reality of thirty-somethings. That State Farm commercial “All the Nevers in Life” is a perfect example! What we say “no” to initially often comes back to be our new normal.   
I believe faith is a huge binder, but faith alone can’t hold two people together. 

But faith, love, respect, flexibility, understanding and forgiveness go a long way. I’m a firm believer that you should always marry someone who loves different snacks than you do. For instance, if you like ice cream, marry someone who’d rather have something salty — such as potato chips. I’ll tell you why. At the end of the day, when you want that last half-cup of Chunky Monkey, and you’re tired and you’ve been thinking of it all day while eating celery leaves and twigs to fit into your jeans, working your job and tending kids, house, taxi service for sports and dancing, committees and shopping for the packaged cookies your kid needs for school tomorrow, it is in everyone’s best interest if your husband, when faced with a choice, wolfed down the half-bag of chips instead of the Chunky Monkey.   

That’s all I’m saying.   

Q: Sibling rivalry is one of the major themes in Back in Saddle. What do you find is the best way to handle tension in family relationships?   

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!  

OK, now that I’m up off the floor, let me just say that the newly visible accidents of genetics should give us a much better idea of how diverse siblings are and how amazingly blessed we are when any of them get along!   

“Daughters! You think it’s going to be like Little Women, and they’re at each other’s throats every day!” —Cora Crawley, Downton Abbey  
Laughter. Honestly, give them a good faith base to help offset the chronic craziness of an instant gratification world around them, but beyond that, help them learn not to sweat the small stuff while expecting them to respect one another. They don’t have to be best buddies, but respect is a huge component. 

A dear friend of mine, a Sister of St. Joseph, once said that holding grudges in families is one of the most grievous of sins because how can we expect to change the world if we can’t forgive one another? I’ve always held that close to my heart. Forgive, put a smile on your face and move on.  

Q: Despite all of the challenges the families face in Back in the Saddle, when push comes to shove, they stick together. How has the love of family been important to you?   

Well, cowboy lore dictates that we might die separately but most assuredly we will all stand together, and I think that’s a good backbone for family dynamics.  

I look at the good and the bad of the families I know, see and work with, then I try to build on the good and minimize the bad. That’s really not a difficult concept if you simply adopt it as your go-to methodology.  

My children are a God-send, a huge blessing to me. I see their uniqueness, and I love their diversity. It makes me laugh that out of one set of parents, so many variances emerge. However, now that we can actually see gene sequencing, it makes perfect sense! They grew up in complete ignorance of my parents’ alcoholism and depression problems until they were old enough that they needed to know. I like a little bit of fairyland for kids so they can grow those imaginations. Reality hits all too soon, and I wanted them to have a chance to know and love the grandparents on both sides. If that meant I had to eat a little humble pie and do some strategic planning, that was OK.  

Q: What is your favorite thing about your heroine, Angelina? Will readers find any parts of your own personality in hers?  

That’s a loaded question! I like strong heroines. I like strong women. I like championing for strong women, and even if a heroine has reason to cave, my goal as an author is to show how she picks herself up and gets back on her feet. 

And if there’s a wonderful hero to make the picture complete, better yet!   
There’s a little bit of me in every heroine, but I had to make Detective Mary Angela (Angelina) even more selfprotective, defensive and tough than, let’s say, a kindergarten teacher. So I took a little bit of me, a dash of Kate Beckett on Castle, a hint of the household staffs from The Help and a smidge of Catherine Zeta Jones from Zorro. A woman cop, skilled in negotiation techniques and trained in undercover work, is the perfect setup for dealing with a huge, busy ranch kitchen filled with sometimes-clueless men. One of my greatest joys is how women are loving Angelina as a heroine because I was pretty much guaranteed they’d love Colt. But to have them embrace and cheer on a tough-girl image heroine, that’s awesome!   

Q: Is there a way to balance meeting one’s own needs with the biblical principle of putting others first?

I think so. It’s called sacrificial love or selflessness. I think that’s a missing component in too much of today’s society, and worry about self and meeting our own needs is far too prevalent. How easily we talk about the sparrows and the birds of the air in Scripture and how readily God cares for them, but then we freak out if our iPhone breaks down or we have to wait 30 minutes for a doctor’s appointment because we’ve grown accustomed to here-and-now, instant answers.  

We taught JOY to junior high kids in religious education classes — Jesus, others, you. The simplicity is perfect and mind-bogglingly easy, but it’s tough to do because we tend to be somewhat selfish creatures.   

Q: You talk on your blog about your upbringing and how you were born into poverty. In what ways did your early life experiences shape the writer you are today?  

I cannot even begin to say what a huge influence all of that was on my life as a wife, mother, employee and now author. I see all of that as God’s preparation for me for the job he and I both knew I would do some day: write books people love and help women see and build their inner strengths through faith and love.  
It is so easy to blame the past and let it wither us. Far too easy. Parts of society actually encourage that.  

No. Grab those bootstraps, avoid negative people, surround yourself with positives and thank God daily for all the wonderfulness in your life, no matter how big or how small! No matter how menial the job, do your best every day.  

I’ve held a great many nametag and hairnet jobs in my time, and the blessing of that was a paycheck to help put shoes on my kids’ feet . . . and research for books! Take those down times and use them to minister to others.   

Take the good and run with it. The rest is up to you!  

Q: Other than writing, what are some of your interests? Tell us about your roadside vegetable stand back home in upstate New York.  

My love for gardening comes straight from my grandma Myrtle Herne. It’s funny how things get passed down, but I could literally live in a garden if time allowed — and it hasn’t for many years. However, my husband is 
retiring this year, and he’s started up our truck farm again. We’d done it for a dozen years when our kids were younger, and that gave us lots of field hands when they weren’t playing soccer, tennis or baseball or running track-and-field or cross-country.   

A truck farm is an old-school name for a small farm that trucks this, that and the other thing to roadside stands, so in front of our big, old farmhouse (160 years old, and when you fix one thing, you break two others!) we haul out the produce stand every spring . . . and it begins. We have a henhouse of nearly 50 laying hens I handle, and the initial farm work comes down to my husband, Dave, our son Seth, and son-in-law Jon. In the fall during pumpkin and squash season, it’s all hands on deck! A great pumpkin year is a wonderful thing, and there are no worries about staying in shape when you’re hauling 30-pound pumpkins from the field to the tractor path! It’s so pretty to fill the yard with hundreds and hundreds of pumpkins and watch folks drive in with little kids and fill their trunk.  

When there’s time I bake bread and cookies for the produce stand . . . and the customers love it, so I don’t tell them that bread’s supposed to be bad for them!   
Q: Can you give us a hint as to your plans for the Home on the Range, the next book in the Double S Ranch series?
  
I love Home on the Range! Oh, poor Nick, he is just so beside himself with what he thinks he wants and the image he’s tried so hard to portray of the modern-day cattle breeder with one foot in suburbia and one on the rugged terrain of the Double S. He was so sure he could do it right and best his father, but one marriage later and two very unhappy little girls means that somehow, someway, Nick’s got to get his life back in order.    

Who better than an emotionally-tanked therapist, leading a reclusive life while hiding in the woods in a hobbitstyle house because she can’t come to terms with life, to do it? It sure sounds like a match made in heaven to me!
   
Learn more about Ruth Logan Herne and Back in the Saddle at ruthloganherne.com, on Facebook (ruthloganherne) or by following her on Twitter (@ruthloganherne) or Pinterest (ruthyloganherne).  

GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY TIME! :D

is such an AWESOME book!  
I'm SO happy to be giving a copy away today! 

Here's more about the book!

Book Description:
Back in the Saddle (Multnomah, March 2016)

The prodigal is coming home.

It's been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray's Glen, Washington. He's broke, but not broken, and it's time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn't expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest---a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there's more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he's determined to find out what she's hiding . . . and why.

Colt's return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam's right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn't thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch's contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray's Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor. And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district's wealth and power---or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?

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About the author: 
Ruth Logan Herne has more than half a million books in print, including fifteen Love Inspired contemporary novels. Back in the Saddle is the first book in her new western romance series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.

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Back in the Saddle Review!!!!!!!

Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

Book Description:
Back in the Saddle (Multnomah, March 2016)

The prodigal is coming home.

It's been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray's Glen, Washington. He's broke, but not broken, and it's time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn't expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest---a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there's more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he's determined to find out what she's hiding . . . and why.

Colt's return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam's right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn't thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch's contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray's Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor. And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district's wealth and power---or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1MyMU8l


About the author: 
Ruth Logan Herne has more than half a million books in print, including fifteen Love Inspired contemporary novels. Back in the Saddle is the first book in her new western romance series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.

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My Opinion:
LOVE IT!  This is the first book I've read from Ruth and I can't wait for the next!  This new series starts off GREAT!  The heroine is strong and spunky, the hero comes out to be lovable, the kids are cute, and Ruth is one of the better writers about ranch life that I've ever read!  Her descriptions are excellent!  Meeting all of these characters, especially the two brothers that will head up the next books, leaves me in anticipation to see who else Ruth will bring in to this unique family! :)  Redemption is at the heart of this story and little twists and surprises are planted along the way!  This is a MUST READ and I highly recommend you read it! 

Songs: "Bless The Broken Road (Remastered Version)" by Rascal Flatts

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

Isaiah 55:8-9


~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 Back in the Saddle. ~ASC

Sunday, March 27, 2016

HAPPY EASTER!!!!!!!

HAPPY EASTER!!!!!

"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. 
Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
Matthew 28:6

HALLELUJAH!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Flirtation Walk Review!!!!!!!

Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell 

Book Description:
At West Point, Only True Love Should Lead You to Flirtation Walk
Lucinda Pennyworth, the daughter of a con man, is trying her best to leave her father's sordid past behind her. When he dies unexpectedly, she takes the opportunity to move to West Point to live with her aunt, ready to take on a new life and determined to marry a respectable man, a West Point cadet, to impress her relatives.                                                                     
Seth Westcott, a cadet at the academy, is proud to be at the top of his senior class. But when his mother dies and his sister loses their inheritance to a swindler, Seth wants nothing more than to head west to track down the con man. But the army will only send the cadets at the bottom of the class to the frontier . . . which leaves Seth with some tough choices.

When a woman trying her best to be good meets a man determined to be anything but, can there be hope for love, or will two lonely hearts be condemned to casual flirtation?


My Opinion:
Lovely read!  Siri always draws me in, in everything I've read from her!  This time she has come up with fantastic and complex characters!  The whole time I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for everything to come crashing down and boy does it! :)  Poor Lucinda is a character that needs some help, but you can't help but love her through her issues.  And then there's Seth! :)  Stuck when he  needs to be, and thinks he needs to be, elsewhere, his attempts to do what he thinks he needs to leads to more trouble! :)  And then the sub characters! :)  I LOVE and want more of their stories!  There was a couple of personal issues I have with specific words and I wish they weren't used in the book, but the rest of it is FABULOUS!  Interesting history, both in the story and in the Author's Note, woven throughout an intriguing story, by a FANTASTIC author!  How could you go wrong with that?! :D  I really enjoyed it and hope that Siri goes on with these characters some time.
  
Songs: "God Is on the Move" by 7eventh Time Down and "Hurricane" by Natalie Grant

 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 Flirtation Walk. ~ASC

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