Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The After House ~ Michael Phillip Cash


  • File Size: 1343 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Red Feather Publishing (October 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OGPJ3C6





 October 12, 2014



Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?


My take on this book:
Eli Gaspar was perfectly happy with his living arrangements staying in a three hundred year old cottage with an eccentric old man, but when the cottage is rented to Remy Galway and her young daughter Olivia he doesn't care for it.You see Eli is a ghost who doesn't really remember a lot about his past, but with Remy and Olivia in the house that is changing.

Remy thought she had a good marriage but after the birth of her daughter Olivia things changed and now she finds herself starting over in the town of Cold Spring Harbor. A new yoga business and dealing with sharing custody of Olivia takes up plenty of her time, so when things start to occur in her home she can't help but wonder if she might  be going crazy. 

I think The After House is one of the best "haunting" stories I have ever read! Michael Phillip Cash blends together romance,suspense a splash of mystery, ghosts, angels, history and more than a few laughs to make for a page turning story that I honestly hated to see end! I loved the characters of Remy, Olivia, Eli and Hugh. There was a strength with Remy that permeated the pages, I just knew that things work work out for the best where she was concerned. The relationship that developed between Remy and Hugh was great and seemed very realistic. Olivia was a wonderful young girl and her interactions with Eli had me laughing on more than one occasion. Eli's story certainly tugged at my heart, he was really a ghost with a conscience and I couldn't help but wonder if he would ever find his way home. Richly detailed writing, allowed the characters to captivate and the plot to move along at breakneck speed. On a scale of one to five I would easily give The After House a six because it's just that good! 

How To Bake A Man ~ Jessica Barksdale Inclan ~ TLC Blog Tour

About How to Bake a Man

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Ghostwoods Books (October 21, 2014)
When 27-year-old Becca Muchmore drops out of grad school, all she has left to fall back on is her baking. Ignoring her mother’s usual barrage of disapproval and disappointment, she decides to start a small business hand-delivering her wares. A friend introduces her to an office of hungry lawyers, who agree to give her a try. Her lizard-booted neighbor Sal is happy to help out when he can, and almost before she knows it, Becca’s Best is up and running. 
Before she can settle into a routine, things get complicated. The office ogress could easily be Becca’s sister and has absolutely no patience with cookies or other frivolities. Even worse, her boyfriend is the man of Becca’s dreams – kind, funny, successful, and brain-meltingly gorgeous. As the dark undercurrents threaten to pull her down, Becca swiftly finds herself neck-deep in office politics, clandestine romance, and flour. Saving her business (and finding true love) is going to take everything she’s got, and more.
Packed with charm, sparkling humor, and a genuinely unforgettable cast, this delicious tale of a woman struggling to find her path might just be Jessica Barksdale Inclán’s finest novel to date.
“Jessica Barksdale Inclan knows food and fiction. A sweet story that will have you longing for more.” – Mia King, best-selling author of Table Manners and Family Room

“Part love story and [part] journey to value oneself, How to Bake a Man is a lyrical, rich story that will please readers of all stripes (and tempt your taste buds with tasty recipes).” –Jordan E. Rosenfeld, author of Forged in Grace, Night Oracle and Make a Scene

“Becca Muchmore is much more than a talented baker of scrumptious desserts—she’s a captivatingly real heroine who’ll win your heart with both her cinnamon rolls and her search for love. How to Bake a Man is one delightful read.” – Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, author of Midori by Moonlight and His Wife and Daughters.

My take on this book:
Romance with recipes! What more could a person ask for? At 27  Rebecca "Becca" Muchmore quits a perfectly good job in order to go back to school, thing is once she gets there she feels realizes she isn't crazy about school, and is only really happy when she is baking so she decides she will drop out of school and start her own dessert business called Becca's Best Bakery. So with start up money from her mother, and help from her friend Sal, and more hope than she has felt in ages she begins a new chapter in her life. 
Becca's character was so easy to like, I sort of felt like How To Bake A Man was a coming of age story as Becca's journey allowed her to grow into the person she was intended to be. Visually descriptive writing certainly allowed me to step into the story, and kept me interested. I loved the character of Sal, Becca's neighbor who offers to help her, not only with her baking business but with dispensing plenty of opinions as well. I could easily envision his 1972 Cutlass Supreme, it was like a character in itself.The characters in the office building were quite varied. A good blending of self discovery, romance, recipes and great characters made this a fast paced easy to read story.
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JB018aAbout Jessica Barksdale

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JESSICA BARKSDALE INCLAN is the author of twelve traditionally published novels, including the best-selling Her Daughter’s EyesThe Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. She has also published several ebooks and a women’s studies textbook, Diverse Voices of Women. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Czech.
Inclán teaches composition, creative writing, mythology, and women’s literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and online novel writing courses for UCLA Extension.

Find out more about Jessica at her website, jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dax Dugan and the Graveyard Gang~ T.J. Braswell


  • File Size: 3642 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Polliwog Press/Ravenswood Publishing (October 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O5LC8KU





 October 2, 2014


Leaving the only home you’ve ever known and moving to a new town would be a little unnerving for any kid. Imagine moving to a new town and finding out that your closest neighbors are no longer among the living.

That’s what happens to 12-year-old Dax Dugan and his 9-year-old sister, Callie, when their mom’s new job forces the whole family to leave the bustling city of Chicago and move to a quiet, rural town in Southern Illinois.

Dax and Callie’s parents tell them quite a bit about their new home before they ever leave Chicago. Unfortunately, the fact that there is a cemetery in their backyard is one piece of information they neglect to share. With the discoveries that follow,Dax and Callie quickly learn that life in the country is more than just cows and cornfields.

My take on this book: 

T.J. Braswell blends just the right amount of paranormal and eeriness to make for an interesting read, but keeps the story from being overly scary, making a great read for young and old alike. Dax Dugan and the Graveyard Gang is perfect for Halloween, but honestly it's a story that I would recommend for anytime of the year.

Dax Dugan and his sister Callie find themselves moving to the country, thing is Callie doesn't mind but Dax doesn't want to go. When they get to their new home Dax quickly makes friends with Jamal, the boy who lives down the road. When Callie discovers an old cemetery in the backyard Jamal tells them about the stories that have circulated about the old graveyard. It doesn't take long for the trio to uncover the history of the cemetery, and that history will send them on a quest to return stolen items to the rightful owners even if those owners happen to be dead! Can Dax Dugan and the Graveyard Gang find the lost treasures and get them to their rightful owners?

Great characters that are well developed and easy to relate to pulled me right into this story. After all most of us have been right where Dax found himself, not wanting to move away and leave his old friends. I loved the positive family relationship that we see with Dax and his family, especially with his younger sister Callie. Sure they don't always get along, but there is that sibling bond that one can't miss with this pair. Jackson the family dog adds a delightful element to the story, I could just imagine him being sprayed by a skunk or playing fetch in the cemetery. Jamal was a wise-cracking, often funny neighbor,and when the trio forms the Graveyard Gang we meet two other children in the neighborhood,Wiley and Maria. Each of these characters seem very realistic, making them easy to connect with. Ms. Braswell does a wonderful job of handling the topic of bullying, and of course the bully got his in the end! While this story deals with ghosts it isn't overly scary, the author even provides a few moments that really tugged at my heart. An easy to read story that is highly engaging, a good ghost story, that isn't overly scary with several positive messages woven in makes Dax Dugan and the Graveyard Gang one that will easily capture the imagination of young and old alike.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An Insider's Guide To Spiritual Warfare ~ Christine McGuire


  • File Size: 2717 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800796020
  • Publisher: Chosen Books (September 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KDN88L2





 September 30, 2014


Behind the backdrop of our daily lives, a hidden war is raging. The players are as powerful as they are invisible. What's on the line: your very heart and soul.

Are you ready for the battle?

After spending years as a medium, witch and ghost hunter, Kristine McGuire emerged from behind enemy lines to reclaim her identity in Christ. She brings unique insight, revealing Satan's 7 favorite battlefields as well as the most effective tactics he employs in the battles we face everyday.

In this essential guide to the spiritual war zone, you will learn 30 battle-tested strategies for victory from a spiritual warrior who has been there.Kristine's simple but powerful insights will empower you to engage your enemy without fear . . . and, in the power of Jesus, to win.

My take on this book:
An Insider's Guide To Spiritual Warfare is written from the perspective of someone who was pulled away from her Christian beliefs and spent eight years as  practicing medium, witch and ghost hunter.Fortunately for her she found her way back to Christ, but because of her experience she has invaluable insight into the hot topic of spiritual warfare. Not only does she share how to put on our spiritual armour, but she also talks about the common battlefields that we face such as suffering, worry and fear, and anger just to name a few. She dedicates one entire chapter to gossip which happens to be one of my pet peeves in life because it is something that is so readily accepted in todays society! She also confronts and answers the question of why there are ghosts, providing sound Biblical teaching as to what we as believers are really dealing with. Ms. McGuire's writing style makes it very easy to understand what she is saying, and she doesn't hesitate to steer the reader to scriptures which back up what she is saying. She actually goes back to the beginning explaining how Satan came to be and answers the questions of what spiritual warfare really is and how it affects us, but she also reminds us that Christians have no reason to fear the enemy(Satan) but that we are to be continually watchful and alert. Overall I found this a very easy to use book, the chapters are easy to navigate, each opens with a scripture verse and wraps up with reflection questions. There are thirty strategy points scattered through out the text that provide deeper insight into dealing with the enemy. All of these things are quite useful but it is the scriptures that the author weaves into her teaching that makes this book one that I would definitely recommend. If you want to learn more about Ms. McGuire I highly recommend her first book Escaping The Cauldron:Exposing Occult Influences In Everyday Life, in that book she shares her personal journey from Christian to occultism and then finding her way back to God. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.



Image of Kristine McGuireAbout the author:

Kristine McGuire is an inspirational author and speaker, sharing her testimony and encouraging others in their walk with Christ. A gifted writer, her work has been featured in Faithful Devotions, The West Michigan Christian News (Volume 11, Issue 7, July 2009), and Praise & Coffee Magazine (Fall 2011), Charisma News/Magazine (October 31, 2012).
Kristine 's first book, "Escaping the Cauldron: Exposing Occult Influences in Every Day Life", is an informative memoir, recounting her journey from committed Christian to witch, medium, and ghost hunter for eight years until restored to faith in Jesus Christ. Her second book,"An Insider's Guide to Spiritual Warfare: 30 Battle-Tested Strategies from Behind Enemy Lines", will be published by Chosen Books in October 7, 2014.
Kristine has been a contributing author to Dancing with the Devil: An Honest Look into the Occult by Former Followers by Jeff Harshbarger and a consultant for the novel The Widow of Saunders Creek by Christy Award Winning Author, Tracey Bateman.


NKJV Study Bible


    The NKJV Study Bible
  • File Size: 102740 KB
  • Print Length: 2400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 21, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NLL6QIU


 October 21, 2014









The NKJV Study Bible, the most comprehensive study Bible available, now in a full-color edition with added features! The acclaimed NKJV Study Bible is the most complete study system for all who desire accurate study in God’s Word. The Second Edition includes more features to make it the best all-purpose study Bible. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has “the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.” Nelson's skilled team of scholars has produced the system to reach for when study in God’s Word is the goal.
Features include:
  • NEW attractive new full-color page design
  • NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics
  • NEW in-text maps and charts 
  • Full cross-references with textual notes
  • Word studies and indexes
  • Bible Times and Culture Notes
  • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
  • Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study
  • Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
NKJV Study Bibles sold to date: More than 1.3 million 
The New King James Version®—More than 60 million copies sold 



My take on this Bible:
The NKJV Study Bible is hands down the best study Bible I have used to date! Full color and so many useful features such as word studies and indexes, in-text maps and charts, and easy to use cross reference, to name a few make this updated version an outstanding choice for a study Bible. The in depth notes are what really sold me on this one though,the bottom of each page is dedicated to study notes which sometimes encompass at least half a page, and while the study notes are man's opinion they certainly lend insight and help the user comprehend what they are reading in the Bible.  I used the book of Job to review and I was blown away at the study notes that I found, one particular topic was in chapter 41 and deals with Leviathan the fire breathing dragon who was a symbol of chaos. I found no real mention of this in a few of my study Bibles, but with the NKJV the notes were in depth providing insight allowing me to find answers to my questions about this topic. The concordance provided with this Bible substantial. Overall, this colorful study Bible will prove useful for anyone who wants to dig deeper into the word of God. I always check to see if there is a presentation page and there is one provided, and the text is a nice size to read. I would classify this Bible as a bit of a chunkster, which might not be great if you plan on carrying this one to church. That's really the only negative thing I can say about this one.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

The Magic Of Friendship ~ Subhash Kommuru


  • Paperback: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Kommuru Books (August 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0990317811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990317814






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Book Synopsis

BABBAR is a fierce and mean tiger who cannot tolerate anyone, but he is lonely and sad. HASMUKH is a funny donkey but gets scared of everyone. When the Magic of friendship touches them see how it transforms not only their characters but also transforms the whole environment around them. 

The Magic of friendship is a hilarious, action packed entertaining story. There are scary moments, celebration and comical moments. While the core focus of the story is about friendship it has elements of father son bonding and family values as well. 

Book gives plenty of opportunity for parents to entertain kids with their own version of animal noises. And bright and interactive illustrations is sure to leave a mark on eyes.

This is a story about change -- a transformation that comes with the magic of friendship. Personality may not change, but nature can surely change. This story will show the value of friendship and how that can change a person, particularly, one who is lonely and never really had the gift of laughter. 


Book Excerpt 

A flock of migrating geese stumble upon Tadoba, the land of the fierce tiger Babbar who does not tolerate anyone in his area. Will Babbar show any mercy? Can he change? Will the geese make it to safety? 

My take on this book:


The Magic of Friendship is just that, the authors share how having a friend can certainly bring joy and brightness to our life, thus changing us forever! Beautifully done illustrations allow the reader to easily envision the story while the words smoothly flow off the pages creating a visual feast that will certainly keep youngsters, and the not so young, mesmerised as the story unfolds! Babbar was a fierce tiger who has basically scared everyone away, but when a scared, but silly donkey brings laughter to the area Babbar finds himself wanting to learn how to laugh and strikes a bargain with Hasmukh the donkey. An unlikely friendship for sure, but one that just might change them both for the better! A story that will certainly put a smile on your face while teaching the importance of friendship.

About Sujata & Subhash Kommuru
Image of Subhash KommuruSubhash and Sujata hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself. Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea! These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.
Our Goal
Our goal is to introduce kids to Indian culture one story at a time and along the way have some fun. While stories are primarily written in Hindi they are tastefully being narrated in English as well, while maintaining the essence and moral.
Our Promise
Our promise is to always write sensible story with some moral to them.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Breathing Room ~ Leeana Tankersley


  • File Size: 3523 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800723465
  • Publisher: Revell (September 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KDN86V4






 September 30, 2014

Leeana Tankersley, like so many of us, began to feel overwhelmed by life. And like so many of us, she assumed she was struggling not because life is inherently difficult but because she was personally failing in some way. She knows firsthand what it is to bully yourself, to put yourself down for not being able to keep it all together, to compare yourself to others and find yourself lacking. But she's also discovered that all of the hurt and hostility and pain only add up to a life of holding your breath. What if we could exhale and let go?

Breathing Room 
is her beautiful release of self-condemnation, her discovery of the rest that comes when we give ourselves some space to breathe. She draws readers in through shared experiences of perfectionism, jealousy, and striving and shows them how to let go, how to be radically on their own team, and how to experience the broad grace that Christ has offered all of us.

Anyone who has been trying to do it all, who has been putting on a strong front and yet secretly struggling, will find in Breathing Room both a trusted friend and a generous Savior.

My take on this book:
Letting go so you can fully live sounds easy but probably is one of the hardest things to do. With Breathing Room Leeana Tankersley provides personal insight into how we can let go of the hurts and pain that drag us down. She certainly hit the nail on the head when she describes how we often care more about how things look on the outside rather than how things feel on the inside. Catchy chapter titles really drew me in, but it was the down to earth easy to connect with stories that Ms. Tankersley shared that kept me reading. Often laced with humor the  author shares her ups and downs and within those stories snippets of guidance that encourage and remind that we have to let go of the things that hold us down in order to find inner  peace. While I enjoyed the stories the author shared, I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't a lot of scriptural reference which is something I always look for in self help books. Overall the personal stories will inspire and encourage readers to let go of the issues that may be holding them back from living life fully.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

A Love Undone ~ Cindy Woodsmall


  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030773000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730008







A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone.
A young woman who sacrificed her dreams.
How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way?
 
At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.
 
Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.
 
As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God's guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?

My take on this book:
I have been reading Cindy Woodsmall's work for years and I always find the characters and storyline to be fresh, filled with simple truths and conflicts that draw me into the characters lives allowing me to not only connect with them, but while I read the story, I honestly feel like I am seeing their lives thru their eyes. With A Love Undone Cindy Woodsmall  creates an emotionally charged story that I really hated to see end.  The characters in the story have been hurt by other people. Jolene Keim is someone who will do whatever it takes for her family, even if that means putting aside her own hopes and dreams. Andy Fisher's life is in limbo, and it was his story that honestly kept me riveted. I don't want to give anything away but I have been reading Amish stories for years and have never encountered his situation before. I found my heart aching for these characters, and that is what Cindy Woodsmall does so well, she allows me to become invested in the characters she creates, I feel like I become friends with them, wanting the best for them. Along with the main story there are a few secondary stories taking place that keeps the plot zipping right along so that the story never lags. Amish fiction fans are going to want to read A Love Undone, but anyone looking for an emotionally riveting story that provides a bit of humor along side more than a few plot twists will find that and so much more in A Love Undone.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Deceived by Irene Hannon


  • File Size: 6798 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 080072125X
  • Publisher: Revell (September 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KDN8646



 September 30, 2014





For three years, Kate Marshall has been grieving the loss of her husband and their four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may be willing to go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.

As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plot line that accelerates to an explosive finish.

My take on this book:
Irene Hannon delivers again with Deceived! Page turning suspense filled action kept me on the edge of my seat as I read this one, but honestly that is what I have come to expect with anything that Irene Hannon writes!

Kate Marshall is a compelling character who truly captured my sympathies from the get go. Imagine losing your husband and son in one fell swoop, well that's the grief that Kate has been carrying for three years. When something happens that makes her think that her son might not be dead though you can imagine a mother's determination to find out the truth!  That's where Connor Sullivan comes in, can they unravel the truth of what happened to Kate's son? 

Ms. Hannon does an outstanding job of weaving together the elements of suspense with romance and mystery with enough attention to detail to allow you to feel like your right in the midst of the story. She has a knack for keeping me guessing as the plot progresses.While Deceived is the third book in the Private Justice series it can be read as a stand alone story, but I recommend each book for anyone who enjoys a page turning edge of your seat read that will keep you guessing right up until the end!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

The Stress Cure~ Linda Evans Shepherd


  • File Size: 4622 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KDN86GY






 September 9, 2014


We live in a world filled to the brim with advice, and when it comes to dealing with stress, there's plenty of advice to go around. Sleep more, eat better, avoid this, seek out that. But more advice on coping is not necessarily what the stressed and anxious person needs. What we need is a cure. Linda Evans Shepherd has discovered it.

The true remedy to stress, she says, is prayer. In this inspiring book, Shepherd shows readers how to recognize God's continual presence and yield their troubles to the Prince of Peace. Through captivating stories, explorations of fascinating biblical characters, and examples of deeper-than-ever prayers, she brings within readers' grasp the peace that passes understanding. Anyone who is overwhelmed by all of the urgent demands on their time will find in this book a lifeline to true peace.

My take on this book:
Who doesn't have stress? Do you think perhaps that it is just a way of life, that you are always going to have stress in your life, well Linda Evans Shepherd says prayer is the true remedy to stress.The Stress Cure is an easy to read book that shares Biblical truths on how to handle stress. With chapter titles such as stuck,overwhelmed,frustrated,and burdened to name a few, each chapter provides useful information on how to tackle the issues that one might be facing. Instead of reading this book cover to cover I found myself thumbing thru and reading the chapters that actually pertained to me. There were several things that I found useful with this book, such as how the author guides us into prayer, and opening each chapter with a scripture. While I enjoyed the personal stories I couldn't really get into the Biblically embellished ones, but that is just me personally. Overall anyone looking to reduce the amount of stress in their lives should certainly check out this book.Truthfully though it's a great book for anyone looking to strengthen their prayer life or strengthen their walk with God.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Just Dessert ~ Heather Gray


  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492939005
  • Publisher: Astraea Press (September 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F2Z9X9M





 September 9, 2013


Dessert...the perfect remedy when nothing in life seems to be going right. 

What do you do when you are the sole protector of four children, your brothers and sisters? When each day is haunted by disappointment, disillusionment and desperation? When you believe that everyone who ever loved you, including God, has abandoned you?

You bake a pie, of course. 

What do you do when you find a woman whose heart is consumed by fear? Who does not know how to trust? Who scoffs at your faith and throws your kindness back in your face?

You eat a pie, of course.

My take on this book:
Just Dessert is the second book in the Ladies of Larkspur series and with this one we meet seventeen year old  Mary Fitzgerald and her four siblings, Clive, Bobby, Lizzie and Gigi. After the death of their mother Mary became the caretaker of her siblings because of her abusive, alcoholic father. Mary loves to bake and decides to enter one of her pies in an auction hosted by the church hoping that whoever buys it might want to marry her so that she and her siblings can escape from their abusive father. Things don't go as planned though when her father shows up at the auction creating a scene. Grady Carlisle has come from Texas to Idaho to spend the summer with his grandparents and happens to be driving his wagon thru town when he hears a commotion at the church and offers to give the Fitzgerald children a ride home. When he realizes the problems they are having he vows to help them for the summer, because it is the right thing to do, and while the younger children are receptive Mary doesn't want his help. That doesn't stop him, and soon he finds his heart lost to the Fitzgeralds, especially Mary, but he knows that Mary doesn't feel the same. 

Heather Gray certainly creates compelling characters with Just Dessert. I found myself completely drawn into the Fitzgerald family. My heart ached for them as their situation was revealed.Ms. Gray certainly captures the essence of a tight knit family where the older children stepped into the parental role. While there is mention of abuse it is handled delicately allowing for the reader to understand what took place without going into great detail.Mary and Clive struggled with anger, and really believed that God didn't care about them. Mary also believed that the town of Larkspur had forsaken them as well, little did she know what had actually been going on since her mother's death. Grady was such a wonderful male lead, his faith certainly shined thru.His love of pie lent a bit of humor to the story. While I hoped that he and Mary might find their way to each other the author provided enough tension that kept me guessing at the final outcome. One of my favorite characters had to be young Gigi her incessant chatter made her such an endearing character. Solid writing that deals with a few tough subjects made Just Dessert more than your average historical inspirational romance. 

Reviewed for Readers Favorite.com