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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

An Uncommon Courtship Review!!!!

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

Book Description:
Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister's shadow--which worked until her sister got married. Even with the pressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation.

Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn't be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He's free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes grand plans of wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he doesn't know, his dream of a marriage like his parents' seems lost forever. 

Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent's relationship survive the pressures of London society?

My Opinion:
LOVED IT! :D  I LOVE this series!!!  Each time I pick up one of these books it feels like spending time with dear friends!  I was SO excited for Trent's story and Kristi does not disappoint! :D  She throws you right into the story and boom you're in the thick of it!  It took me a little while to figure out what was going on and what had happened to lead to this beginning, but after I got my brain around it I IMMEDIATELY started enjoying it!!!  The humor woven throughout the whole plot left me in constant giddiness! ;)  I was banned from reading this book in public! LOL!  I LOVE these characters, and followers of the series will be happy for the returns of them all.  I also love the addition of Adelaide!  She is a sweet character and I enjoyed seeing her grow.  And Trent (deep sigh) I just love that man!!!!  Really I LOVE all these characters with their Faith, their loyalty, and their love for one another!  There are scenes revolving the marriage bed, but they are well placed, needed in the story, and don't go into graphic detail!  As you all know these key points are important to me as a BIG fan of the fade to black! ;)  I devoured this book and did not want it to end!!!  It was one of those that caused a touch of depression when the last page ended, and since I didn't want to move on I REALLY wanted to start it all over again! :D  I CAN NOT WAIT for the next book and even wouldn't mind Kristi continuing with the character's stories.....maybe by a new series with their kids grown and marrying? ;)  But I digress!  An Uncommon Courtship is a GREAT read in a FABULOUS series that I HIGHLY recommend!!!!

Song (I LOVE these books but I do find it difficult sometimes to come up with songs.  While this one isn't a perfect fit I do feel that there are parts that fit nicely.  I hope you agree!): "Lead Me" by Sanctus Real
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

1 John 4:16, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


*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 An Uncommon Courtship. ~ASC

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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

To Win Her Favor by Tamara Alexander

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

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

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

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

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About the author:

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

Find Tamera online: websiteFacebookTwitter

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

Psalm 61:3


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

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Moonbow Night Review

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 139, Jeremiah 2:2


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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Looking Forward!

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

An Uncommon Courtship +Kristi Ann Hunter

A Viscount's Proposal by +Melanie Dickerson 

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

Grace and the Preacher by +Kim Vogel Sawyer 

Behind the Scenes by +Jen Turano 

A Nobel Servant by +Melanie Dickerson 

Heart on the Line by +Karen Witemeyer 

Chasing Secrets by +Lynette Eason 

Peace in the Valley by +Ruth Logan Herne 

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