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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Daughter of Highland Hall Review!!!

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Book Description:
The Daughter of Highland Hall || Book 2, Edwardian Brides (Waterbrook Multnomah, October 2014)

What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor . . . what if it isn't enough?
Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain's elite.
When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London's East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. 
Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart 
for a different path, she must decide whom she can 
trust and love---and if she will choose a life serving 
others over one where she is served.

Learn more, purchase a copy, and read an excerpt:

About the author: 

Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has written contemporary and historical romances, women's fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, and they have five adult children and four grandchildren.

Find Carrie online: websiteFacebook,Twitter

My Opinion:
Torn once again.  I ran out of time to read the first of this series so I jumped right into the second so I could meet my deadline.  I found it to be a nice stand alone, but I do want to go back and "get to know" the characters better in the first book.  Anyway, there were definite feelings of Downton Abbey for me, but I loved this better because it holds truer with Christianity at the fore front.  That was actually my favorite part of this book the faith of the characters and how they express their relationship with Jesus.  The messages and lessons are fabulous and expressed beautifully, and I really enjoyed the growth of the characters!  It was hard for me to get into this one though because I personally felt the pace was a bit sluggish and there were times my mind wandered.  There were also times I felt something was missing, but I can't quite put my finger on what.  I felt the pace would pick up every now and then, from the middle of the book on with GREAT scenes that held suspense, intrigue, or the character triumphing, that helped make it interesting (some of my favorite scenes are in the last few chapters, but then it'd fall into another lull).  There are so many different things going on at once.  I really began to love the female lead Kate as she grows and becomes less self centered and more service centered.  And I do LOVE how Carrie writes prayers from he characters!  I also love the relationship between Jon and his sister Julia.  I'm not really sure what would have made me enjoy this read more except maybe if the pace was a little faster.  Overall the plot is interesting with side stories of intrigue and the characters are nice.  I am looking forward to seeing what The Refuge at Highland Hall will be about; the title has grabbed my interest, especially since I think I have an idea on who the lead might be. ;)  I think in the end I would recommend this book because of the great Faith base. 

Songs: "God Gave Me You" by Dave Barnes and "Write Your Story" by Francesca Battistelli
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Matthew 6:33


*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 Daughter of Highland Hall. ~ASC

BECOMING BEA By @LeslieJeanGould | Kindle Giveaway and Facebook Party!

Leslie Gould is back with the latest book, Becoming Bea, in her Shakespeare-inspired series, The Courtships of Lancaster County. Don't miss the other books in the series, Courting Cate (retelling of The Taming of the Shrew), Adoring Addie (inspired by Romeo and Juliet), and Minding Molly (inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Leslie is celebrating the series with a Kindle giveaway and a Facebook party on November 11th.


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • One copy each of the entire The Courtships of Lancaster County series: Courting CateAdoring Addie, Minding Molly, and Becoming Bea.
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 11/11. Winner will be announced at Leslie's 11/11 Becoming Bea Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Leslie and Amish fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!


RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

Becoming Bea

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Brickmaker's Bride Review!!!

The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller

Book Description:
Bestselling Author Judith Miller Debuts Historical Series Set in West Virginia.

Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it's Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man---a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he'll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland. 

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura's heart. 

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About the author: Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.

Find Judith online: websiteFacebook,Twitter

My Opinion:
A nice easy, read for me personally, and I really enjoyed it! It flows along in a nice steady pace, holds great twists, and fabulous characters! There were a few things that I felt didn't wrap up and were kind of left up in the air, but I hope they will be concluded as the series goes on. :) I for one can't wait for more with some of my favorite characters as the leads! One of the things that I especially enjoyed was the process of the brick making! I always love to learn how things like this were done, and I especially love it when the author writes about them in enough detail that I can picture the step by step process. Judith does this beautifully! A sweet story, with fabulous characters and interesting settings. I don't think you can go wrong! :) There's times when my blood would boil along with the main characters and I really love how the story shows God's timing and ours are not always the same! :) I really enjoyed the spiritual lessons and messages and though I've said this above I really LOVED these characters! Overall this is a good book, with a sweet story, and I highly recommend it! :)

Songs taken from the book or inspired by thing in the book: 
"Not For A Moment (After All)" by Meredith Andrews, 
"Swallow Tail Jig" by Irish & Celtic Folk Wanderers, 
"Hogmanay Jig / We Wish You A Merry New Year" by Magpie Lane, 
and "Blue Danube Waltz Medley ( Piano ) (feat. Falk Richter)" by Johann Strauss
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Genesis 11:3


*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 Brickmaker's Bride. ~ASC

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Feast for Thieves Review!!!

Feast for Thieves by Marcus Brotherton

Book Description:
Sergeant Rowdy Slater is the most skilled-and most incorrigible-soldier in Dog Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, an elite group of paratroopers fighting for the world's freedom in World War II.

Through a bizarre set of circumstances, Rowdy returns to the States after the war, turns his life around, and falls into the only job he can find-preacher at the sparsely populated community church in Cut Eye, Texas, a dusty highway town situated at the midpoint of nowhere and emptiness.

The town's lawman, suspicious that Rowdy has changed his ways only as a cover up, gives an ultimatum: Rowdy must survive one complete year as Cut Eye's new minister or end up in jail.

At first Rowdy thinks the job will be easy, particularly because he's taking over for a young female missionary who's held the church together while the men were at war. But when a dark-hearted acquaintance from Rowdy's past shows up with a plan to make some quick cash, Rowdy becomes ensnared due to an irrevocable favor, and life turns decidedly difficult.

Rowdy's a man used to solving problems one of two ways: with his rifle or with his fists. Will he be able to thwart his old friend's evil schemes while remaining true to his new higher calling?

This is a wild ride of a book bursting with a bank robbery, kidnapping, desperate prayers, and barroom brawls. Before the smoke clears, all sides just might end up getting exactly what they want.

My Opinion:
I'm a little torn with this one.  On the one hand I really enjoyed parts of this book and I especially like the way Marcus writes.  As his first fiction novel I think it has great potential and I hope he continues in fiction if he is inspired to do so.  The whole concept is great and the pace of the story is nice.  I really love how there are many layers to this story and they are unwrapped nicely which keeps you wrapped in the story and involved with these characters.  Oh these characters!  That's exactly what they are, characters! LOL!  I love them in their quirkiness, and they portray the type of people who aren't perfect, nor do they claim to be, but some try and try to do right.  There were a few things that I'm not sure about though.  One being the title and the whole metaphor of finding the good meal and eating your fill wasn't driven home enough I don't think, unless I missed the actual meaning of it.  Or maybe for me I would have preferred it if it was really spelled out.  There were also some other things, especially pertaining to scripture, that I wish were more clear, really spelled out plainly, or wrapped up.  Overall the plot of the story and the characters really made this book for me although I was personally disappointed with different things in the ending.  I do wish there had been a little more prayer, but that may just be my personal preference.  Overall I was really intrigued by the book description and I'm not disappointed I took the time to read this well crafted story with, great characters, and fantastic scenes.  I just wanted a little more of certain things and a little less of others.  I have mixed feelings with the great twist in the story also.  I think it was executed beautifully and I really liked the way it happened, but I'm torn with the outcome.  I really enjoyed the authors note with the story behind the story! :)  Learning about the man that inspired Rowdy's character was just as fascinating and enjoyable as the book itself!

Songs: "
Shall We Gather At The River?" by Randy Travis, "Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing (Album Version)" by Chris Rice, and "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" by The Chancellors Quartet (I'm not sure if this is the version I want for this selection but I linked this one until I can maybe find something I like better.)
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

John 4:14


Thank you Debbie for contacting me and for the review copy! :)

*I received this book for the purpose of giving and honest review.  This in no way affected my opinion, and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Feast for Thieves. ~ASC

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Regency from @SarahLaddAuthor AND a Kindle HDX giveaway!

Award-winning author Sarah E. Ladd examines how to escape the clutches of a tainted past in the final installment of her Whispers on the Moor series. A Regency-era novel, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall cleverly shows that even though our pasts may be shameful or painful, God can take the darkest personal histories and turn them into the brightest futures.


Celebrate with Sarah by entering her Kindle HDX giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 2nd. Winner will be announced November 3rd here.

Sarah E Ladd A Lady of Willowgrove Hall

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