Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cats in Paris ~ Won-Son-Jang

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Clr Csm edition (January 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399578277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399578274

This gorgeously illustrated adult coloring book draws readers into the secret world of cats in Paris as they explore the city's most famous (and feline-friendly) spots. 

Say bonjour to the cats of Paris as they slink through its fabled streets and alleyways, from Montmartre to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and into a feline-filled land of playful imagination. Featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings of tabbies, Persians, Siamese, and more, this evocative coloring book’s frisky kitties lie in wait for your colorful stylings.

My take on this book;
Cats in Paris captured  my eye because of the pretty cover. I am a cat lover so I hoped that this coloring book would be for me, sadly though I wasn't really impressed. The pages are thick and double sided which sometimes made it a bit hard to color. I also didn't like how the design ran right into the center of the book making it very difficult to color. Another thing that was a negative was that the pages weren't perforated, so if I want to remove them to hang or share with others it would be very difficult. One thing that did impress me was that the back of the dust jacket can actually be colored.  While I liked the various scenes and as a cat lover really enjoyed that there are various felines to color overall I found this coloring book a bit lacking. Really just OK in my book, probably not a coloring book that I would purchase.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Sweet Vidalia ~ Deborah Mantella ~ TLC Blog tour with review

    My Sweet Vidalia
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Turner (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 163026959X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1630269593

On July 4, 1955, in rural Georgia, an act of violence threatens the life of Vidalia Lee Kandal Jackson’s pre-born daughter. Despite the direst of circumstances, the spirit of the lost child refuses to leave her ill-equipped young mother's side.
For as long as she is needed―through troubled pregnancies, through poverty, through spousal abuse and agonizing betrayals―Cieli Mae, the determined spirit child, narrates their journey. Serving as a safe place and sounding board for Vidalia's innermost thoughts and confusions, lending a strength to her momma's emerging voice, Cieli Mae provides her own special brand of comfort and encouragement, all the while honoring the restrictions imposed by her otherworldly status.
Vidalia finds further support in such unlikely townsfolk and relations as Doc Feldman, Gamma Gert and her Wild Women of God, and, most particularly, in Ruby Pearl Banks, the kind, courageous church lady, who has suffered her own share of heartache in their small Southern town of yesteryear's prejudices and presumptions.
My Sweet Vidalia is wise and witty, outstanding for its use of vibrant, poetic language and understated Southern dialect, as well as Mantella's clear-eyed observations of race relations as human relations, a cast of unforgettable characters, an in-depth exploration of the ties that bind, and its creative perspective. My Sweet Vidalia is a rare, wonderful, and complex look at hope, strength, the unparalleled power of unconditional love, and a young mother's refusal to give up.

My take on this book:

My Sweet Vidalia is a story that begs to be read! From the beginning pages the southern dialect breathes life into these unique characters allowing them to jump from the pages, while also bringing the setting to life with descriptions that made it so easy for me to feel like I was watching the story unfold instead of just reading it! This story takes place during the 1950's in the south were some people still believe that all men are not created equal, but our main character Vidalia tends to see the good in all. The way the story is told was quite unique in that we often see the events unfold through the eyes of spirit child Cieli Mae who loved her mother so much that she stayed around to protect her! This perspective allows greater insight into what is taking place, and the hardships that her beloved mother Vidalia faces. My heart breaks on so many occasions for Vida Lee (Vidalia), but there were bright spots in her life as well.  This is a story that is far from predictable and really kept me wondering what the final outcome might be. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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deborah-mantellaAbout Deborah Mantella:

A transplant to the South, Deborah Mantella has lived and taught in various cities in the Northeast and the Midwest. Now a resident of Georgia she lives outside Atlanta with her husband. Mantella is a member of the Atlanta Writers Club, the Authors Guild, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. This is her first novel.

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Deborah Mantella’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, February 1st: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, February 2nd: Reading Reality
Wednesday, February 3rd: WV Stitcher
Thursday, February 4th: Books Without Any Pictures
Thursday, February 4th: FictionZeal
Monday, February 8th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Tuesday, February 9th: Time 2 Read
Wednesday, February 10th: Lavish Bookshelf
Thursday, February 11th: Stranded in Chaos
Monday, February 15th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, February 16th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Wednesday, February 17th: Dwell in Possibility
Thursday, February 18th: Mallory Heart Reviews
Monday, February 22nd: Kahakai Kitchen
Tuesday, February 23rd: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Wednesday, February 24th: Peeking Between the Pages
Wednesday, February 24th: The Reading Cove Book Club

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Mystery In The Window ~ Angie Wilson

  • File Size: 1042 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Books (December 9, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01962OXAU

When her teacher informs the class that Duchess, the school cat, is missing, Gracie jumps right in on the case. She is used to snooping around, but when she finds a message in the window of an old, abandoned house, she thinks it's a little too freaky. BUT ... they don't call her 'Super Spy' for nothing—she decides she is not going to be scared away. When she finds more mysterious things going on in the old house, can she get anyone to investigate with her?

My take on this book:
The Mystery In The Window by Angie Wilson is the second book in the Gracie's Mysteries--Super Spy Series and I think this book is even better than the first one if that is possible! 

Ten and a half year old Gracie loves nothing more than a good mystery to solve. When she learns that Duchess, the cat who lives at her school,  Brentwood Elementary  has been missing for two days Gracie and her best friend Kenzie  decide that they will figure out where she is. It doesn't take long for the pair to start watching the old creepy, abandoned house across the street from the school. Soon though they get more than they bargained for when they notice a few strange things going on at the house. It appears that someone is trying to discourage their investigation but who? It seems that there is more than one mystery for Gracie the Super spy to solve! Will she find Duchess and can she figure out what's going on in the old abandoned house? 

The Mystery In The Window by Angie Wilson is a very well written story that young and not so young readers will appreciate. Gracie is a fantastic character that young readers will easily relate to. She goes to school and doesn't like to take tests, she doesn't back down when she knows she is right and she is a loyal best friend to Kenzie. She is very observant and inquisitive and that's what makes her so good at solving mysteries.  She comes from a single parent home, but it is obvious that she has a wonderful relationship with her mother. Her mother has recently started dating and Gracie is okay with that.I love that there are several positive messages woven into the story,and the fact that Gracie attends church fits perfectly for the character!   Ms. Wilson provides a realistic story  which provides a couple of mysteries, and enough plot twists to keep it interesting. The illustrations are perfectly paired with the story line, they really allowed me to envision Gracie, and they even put a smile on my face a couple of times. This is is a story where the characters are engaging,and the plot is well written. It's the perfect read for young readers, and while the main character is a girl I think the aspects of the mystery might just appeal to boys as well.  I only hope that Ms. Wilson intends to continue the Gracie Mysteries ~Super Spy Series because I feel like this character has plenty more adventures and mysteries to solve. I highly recommend this series! 

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The Forgotten Recipe ~ Amy Clipston

  • Series: An Amish Heirloom Novel
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (December 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031034199X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341994

After losing her fiancĂ© in a tragic accident, Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mother’s hope chest—and in a special visitor who comes to her bake stand to purchase her old-fashioned raspberry pies.
Veronica Fisher knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend. Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome—but most importantly, he loves Veronica.
When an accident on the job steals Seth away from her, a heartbroken Veronica is certain she will never love—or be loved—again. Yet when she discovers a batch of forgotten recipes and opens a bake stand to sell her Mammi’s raspberry pies, Veronica picks up a regular customer  who gives her heart pause.
Jason Huyard was with Seth when he lost his life—a memory that haunts him still. So when he seeks out the grieving fiancĂ©e to convey his condolences, the last thing he expects—or wants—is to fall in love. Nonetheless, Jason soon finds himself visiting Veronica’s bake stand every week . . . and it’s for more than the raspberry pies.
Now, as Veronica’s heart thaws, Jason can’t bring himself to tell her he was there when Seth died. Can he ever reveal where he was on the day her life derailed? Or will his secret rob them of the second chance at love they both want?

My take on this book:
I always look forward to starting a new Amish fiction series and when it's written by Amy Clipston I know it will be good and with The Forgotten Recipe I was right! Veronica Fisher was certain that her future included Seth Lapp, sometimes though things don't work out the way we think they will. When Seth life is cut short she is certain that she will never find love again, or even if she wants to. She decides instead to throw herself into opening and running a new bake stand using her grandmother's pie recipe. Jason Huyard is haunted by the tragedy that took Veronica's Seth, so he decides to go to her bake shop and soon becomes a regular customer. The pair becomes friends, and soon deeper feelings start to develop, thing is Jason has a secret that just might change the way Veronica feels about him. Can Veronica overcome her broken heart and find love again, and what will happen when Jason finally reveals the truth?

The Forgotten Recipe is filled with easy to care for characters . I couldn't help but wonder how things would work out for the couple. It was nice to watch them grow and change, especially where Veronica was concerned. Her feelings where Jason were concerned were totally understandable, but I could also understand why Jason withheld information from her. The inspirational messages of hope, love and trust were well done. I really can't wait to read the next book in the series!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jesus Today ~ Sarah Young ~ Devotions for Kids

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718038053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718038052

From the Bestselling Author of Jesus Calling®
Spend Time with Jesus, the Friend Who Is Always with You
Jesus is the Friend who is always with you. Jesus Today®: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children’s hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine.
Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him.
Adapted from ECPA Gold Medallion–winner Jesus Today®, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures. It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.
Spend time with Jesus today . . .

My take on this book:
If your looking for a great little devotional for you children Jesus Today by Sarah Young just might be it. First of all the cover is cute but it's really what's inside that makes this a great little devotional.  It's a book that will share the love that Jesus has for the user and all of us! It also shares with users about the hope that Jesus offers to them. Each devotion is written just as if God is talking directly to the reader. There are 150 devotions included and the author provides several scriptures to go along with each one. I think that the devotions are very relevant to the age range that this book is for, and honestly as I read them I found hope within the pages myself. One that really spoke to me was Live In My Light which talks about the world getting darker but how God's glory continues to shine brighter! Hope is something we all need, and this little book provides not only hope but shares that God loves all of us and what child, or adult for that matter doesn't need to hear that! Overall I really think this is a beautiful book, it is very sturdy, so that it can withstand daily use. The presentation page makes it perfect for gift giving. What a wonderful way to encourage youngsters to share a bit of quiet time with Jesus daily while using this book. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes.

The Mountain Midwife ~ Laurie Alice Eakes

26263488For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tolliver’s family have practiced the art of midwifery in their mountain community. Now she wants to take her skills a step further, but attending medical school means abandoning those women to whom she has dedicated her life, the mountains she loves, and the awakening of her heart.

Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as Ashley tries to take the dangerously bleeding mother to the nearest hospital. Now Ashley is on a mission to find the woman and her newborn baby . . . before it’s too late.

Hunter McDermott is on a quest—to track down his birth mother. After receiving more media attention than he could ever want for being in the right place at the right time, he receives a mysterious phone call from a woman claiming to be his mother. Hunter seeks out the aid of the local midwife in the mountain town where the phone call originated—surely she can shed some light on his own family background.

Ashley isn’t prepared for the way Hunter’s entrance into her world affects her heart and her future. He reignites dreams of having her own family that she has long put aside in favor of earning her medical degree and being able to do even more for her community. But is it commitment to her calling or fear of the unknown that keeps her feet firmly planted in the Appalachian soil? Or is it something more—fear of her growing feelings for Hunter—that makes her hesitant to explore the world beyond the mountains?

My take on this book:
Ashley Tolliver is continuing the tradition of midwifery, something that the women in her family have been practicing for several generations. She has always hoped to go back to medical school but for now her patients need her in this tiny Appalachian community where plenty of the new mothers are single and life can sometimes be messy. Births aren't always easy and one night while a teen mother is giving birth at Ashley's clinic she starts bleeding and needs medical care, but when she disappears with the baby Ashley can't help but wonder if the mother and baby survived and where they went.  Hunter McDermott want's to find his birth mother which allows his life to intersect with Ashley in the hopes that she can help him figure out who his mother might be. 

There are two mysteries going on within the pages of this story, which makes for an interesting read, but honestly there are so many things that held my attention with this book. The setting of the Appalachian mountains was easy to imagine, from the rich descriptions one can easily imagine the people and places.Brooks Ridge is unique and the characters really seem real and their life situations really grab you. The mystery and suspense are make this a good story, but for me it's the characters and setting that kept me reading. I found myself thinking about a few of them long after I finished the final  page. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

A Lady For The Lawman ~ Jewell Tweedt

  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prism Book Group (September 18, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

On special assignment from the White House to the Nebraska prairie... 

Crack undercover Pinkerton agent Jason Reynolds gets the toughest assignment of his career. Sent by President U.S. Grant to Omaha to capture a loco ex-soldier accused of stealing Jefferson Davis' treasury gold, Jason falls for feisty shopkeeper Arianna Quincy. Trouble is, she's not interested. When the lunatic grabs Arianna, Jason's skills are put to the test. Can Jason get his man and his woman?

My take on this book:
A Lady for the Lawman by Jewell Tweedt is a historical romance that really is so much more! A fantastic blending of romance, suspense, along with a faith based theme and easy to care about characters makes for a page turning read that you can't put down once you start reading it!

Nineteen year old Arianna Quincy feels like it's time for her to leave the farm where she was raised with seven other siblings.She doesn't want to be a farmers wife, or anyone's wife for that matter instead she wants to get a job and decides to that the mercantile where her cousin works would be just the place to work. Headed to town to pick up supplies for her family she decides it's time to put her plan into motion, but when she winds up in the middle of a robbery, Jason Reynolds, the new deputy in town saves the day. It's Jason's first day in town, and he just happens to be at the mercantile when someone tries to rob it. He can't help but be drawn to Arianna, but she has other plans for her life. Jason isn't actually who everyone thinks he is, and when Arianna's life is put in jeopardy, he has to put his feelings aside in order to try and save her. 

Jewell Tweedt brings history to life within the  pages of A Lady for the Lawman. She provides a very realistic look at the way it could have been a few years after the Civil War. I became absorbed in the story within a few pages, the descriptive writing along with easy to care for characters made me feel like I had stepped back in time. I enjoyed the story that developed between Jason and Arianna, the pacing of their budding relationship was perfect, the presence of faith and family fit perfectly with the story. Secondary characters really add to the plot and honestly left me hoping that perhaps Arianna's sister might get her own story. Speaking of secondary characters Ms. Tweedt's ease of pulling me into the characters feelings allowed me to feel empathy for the "bad guy" she shared insight into the hopes and dreams for his life and how the war basically cost him everything. The romance was slow and sweet, but it was the mystery and suspense that has the plot zipping along. The secondary story line of missing gold from the Civil War was really intriguing, and the snippets of history surrounding Abraham Lincoln made this a top notch read for me. While this story is the second in the Nebraska Brides series the author provides enough back ground information that it can be read as a stand alone work, with that said I have read both books and highly recommend both!  On a scale of one to five I would easily give A Lady for the Lawman a six because it's  the perfect blending of romance, faith, mystery and suspense, where you also feel like your getting a bit of a history lesson. I will certainly be watching for more books in the Nebraska Brides series by Jewell Tweedt. 

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

I Hope You Dance ~ Beth Moran

26175697Ruth Henderson has moved back in with her parents--something she swore she would never do, especially not at the age of thirty-three. But in the face of the mountain of debt left by her late partner, and the fact that her teenage daughter, Maggie, is expressing her grief through acts of delinquency, there was really only one option.

Returning to a house Ruth swore never to set foot in again is bad enough. Add to this an estranged father, whirlwind mother, and David--the boy next door who broke her heart--and it is little wonder Ruth can barely make it out of bed.

But then, reunited with her old friend Lois, Ruth is persuaded to go along to a monthly girls' night. Here she meets a bunch of incredible women and for the first time since leaving home at eighteen, Ruth begins to make some genuine friends.

She also has her first ever date--with the charming Dr. Carl Barker. However, after a disastrous dinner, and an upset Maggie still struggling with her father's death, Ruth promises her daughter she won't go out with any other men. A promise she quickly regrets when David, the boy next door, asks her to dance. . .

My take on this book:
I Hope You Dance by Beth Moran really has several life lessons woven into the story that gripped me and wouldn't allow me to stop reading. Imagine if you can that you are 33 years old and have to move back home with your parents, not because you want to but because you really have no choice. That's what happens with Ruth Henderson. Losing her husband puts her in a position where she finds herself virtually penniless, so she does what she has to do and swallows her pride so that she and her daughter can move in with her parents. 

This story deals took me on an emotional journey allowing me to step into the shoes of Ruth. Mending relationships and realizing that sometimes things look quite differently through adult eyes. There were bits of humor as Ruth adjusts to living with her parents. I really enjoyed Maggie and the way she expressed herself.  The small town setting was nice, and several secondary characters really made the story. I found myself hoping for the best where Ruth and David were concerned. A touching story of hope and forgiveness and living life to the fullest.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Cute Emergency ~ Tony Heally

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101904623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101904626

Puppies in sunglasses.  Sleeping kittens.  A hedgehog in a teacup.

If the thought of animals in adorable situations makes you feel just a little bit happier, then Cute Emergency is the book for you.  Based on the popular Twitter feed, it is the antidote to all of life's little annoyances. Not even the coldest curmudgeon could stay frazzled when faced with the heart-melting animals and witty captions contained in these pages.  So fulfill your recommended daily allowance of cuteness and let furry creatures come to your rescue!

My take on this book:
Whether your an animal lover or not this book is certain to put a smile on your face. As soon as this book arrived in the mail I had to sit down and flip through a few pages, but once I started I couldn't put it down until I had looked at each picture. I love dogs so I admit first I looked for all of the cutesy dog pictures but then I found myself starting over just to look closely at all of the other pictures as well.  The pictures and the captions go together perfectly, to make a book that would certainly put a smile on anyone's face, and it isn't just cat and dog pictures either, there are plenty of other animals in the spotlight within the pages of Cute Emergency. I actually passed this book on to a friend that was having a bad day, and it did just what I wanted it to do, it cheered her up. Great for gift giving, especially for anyone who loves animals. A cute book that is perfect for a rainy day or anytime you need a bit of sunshine in your day.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Nickerbacher The Funniest Dragon ~ Terry John Barto

  • File Size: 13866 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (January 21, 2015)
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

A dragon named Nickerbacher guards a princess "because his papa told him to." However, he practices his jokes on Princess Gwendolyn, as he yearns to be a stand-up comedian. The young dragon gets up the nerve to tell his papa about his dream and is sternly reminded of his dragonly duty. Later that day, Prince Happenstance arrives for the princess and repeatedly challenges the dragon to fight. The opponents manage to find common ground and Nickerbacher leaves for the big city to pursue his dream.
Nickerbacher is the only dragon who wants to make people laugh. And in the process, he encourages the prince (and kids) to be themselves and follow their dreams.

My take on this book:
Delightful is the word I would use to describe Nickerbacher The Funniest Dragon! While this book is a fun filled, eye catching read it's the positive message that you can't help but take away from the story that makes this book a winner! The illustrations are perfectly paired with the text in this story which provides a visual treat for the reader and is certain to catch younger readers imagination. Nickerbacher is a young dragon who has a job to do, now mind you it's not the job he wants to do but it's the job that his papa tells him to do. Thing is Nickerbacher dreams of doing something else, but will his parents understand?

Young readers are going to enjoy reading about this interesting dragon, but I think the young at heart will enjoy this story as well. A great story with a positive message, I hope that perhaps the author might create a series around the adventures of Nickerbacher!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Philippians ~ Sue Edwards

  • Series: Discover Together Bible Study Series
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (November 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825443997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825443992

A "how-to" study for finding joy in authentic relationships and community
Women long for healthy, deep relationships with those around them. Knowing what those look like can be tricky, however. Where do we go to seek them? How can we approach them? How can we maintain those relationships, despite our own weaknesses?
Sue Edwards is happy to lead the way through Scripture to discover and maintain beloved, organic friendships. Paul's letter to early Christians is an ideal place to find these answers. This short letter highlights the skills that strengthen authentic connections--skills like trust, humility, healthy self-sacrifice, a generous spirit, and more. It also sheds light on how to overcome toxic connection-killers like envy, comparison, and critical attitudes.
Philipians: Discovering Joy Through Relationship works its way through Paul's words as a model for deep, authentic community and healthy relationships between believers. When readers reach the end, they'll have a thorough sense of the content of this ancient letter, and of its relevance for today. Although Paul was under house arrest, he was able to draw joy from his relationships, and we can do the same, no matter our circumstances. Edwards strives to ensure that this Bible study will do more than transfer intellectual information; it will also transform hearts and inspire practice and application.

My take on this book:
I always start a new Bible reading plan on Jan. 1 and this year I decided instead to do Bible studies so I decided to use this book to study the book of Philippians. First of all I really like the size of this book, its easy to keep with my Bible and since it's not very thick its easy to fold back the pages. There are eight lessons and the format for each one provides recommended scripture reading along with an optional verse to memorize. I love that there are plenty of questions that have me thinking about what I have read, but it is really the digging deeper sections that are peppered through out the margins that really allowed me to go deeper into my study. There are also short video clips where the author shares her personal insights, these videos are easily accessible. This study would be great for groups or individuals, I am doing it alone and really enjoy taking my time, I usually spend about seven days on each lesson. Overall a great Bible study that is informative, insightful as well as enjoyable to do. I have used a few of the Discover Together Bible studies by Sue Edwards and always enjoy them, and feel like I grow spiritually as I do the lessons.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Redeemed ~ Jason K Macomson

  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Publisher: (December 20, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 20, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019YG62UM

Eric, Will, and Carol are on the run after being exiled by Demetrius, the new Master of the vampires in Strongfield. Following the showdown with the coven, the three have been warned not to return, and Carol has been declared dead in official police reports. Facing an uncertain future, Carol reluctantly joins Eric and Will, but she is uncertain if she can leave her old life behind and embrace Will’s faith. Along the way, a physical attraction develops between Will and Carol as he teaches her about the Way and what it means to become a servant of The Name. Carol resists at first, but through a series of encounters, she develops a newfound respect for faith in God. When she insists on returning to Boston, however, events are set in motion which threaten all their lives. The trio is forced on the run again, fleeing vampires sent from Strongfield to capture them. A life-and-death struggle culminates in a crossroads for Carol, who must finally make a choice about whom she will serve.

My take on this book:
Redeemed picks up right where Refuge left off and with this story we really see Carol struggle with a decision that will ultimately seal her fate for eternity!  

Eric, Will and Carol are always looking over their shoulder wondering when the vampire coven that they just tangled with will show up! While Eric and Will can hold their own against the vampires, after all they are experienced vampire hunters, and Will is sealed, and therefore untouchable because of his faith in God. Carol on the other hand is in mortal danger unless she decides to give her heart to God, so it's up to Eric and Will to keep her safe, something that isn't easy because she really can't decide whom or what she will follow. 
Redeemed by Jason K. Macomson takes the reader on a spiritual journey that really shines the light on good versus evil and shares how God will protect us if only we will allow him ! Mr. Macomson really puts a refreshing new twist on vampire fiction with this series of books by allowing readers to truly see the struggle between good versus evil and how lives are shaped by the choice of which path one ultimately takes!  The faith based messages are spot on, and fit perfectly with the story line. The characters are easy to connect with, and the feelings that develop between Will and Carol made perfect sense. Carol is a character that is easy to like, but at times I  also became frustrated with her. I sometimes felt like she didn't really get the seriousness of the situation they were in. While there are several spiritual messages in this story the author also provides plenty of suspense filled page turning scenes that were far from predictable. Honestly one twist at the end of the story totally blindsided me and left me wondering what will ultimately happen in the final installment of this series!  I have read both books Refuge and Redeemed and highly recommend both to anyone who enjoys vampire fiction or a great story of good versus evil that shares a positive faith based message!


At Love's Bidding

At Love’s Bidding (Bethany House, December 2015)
She sells priceless antiques. He sells livestock by the pound. Is he really the man to make a bid for her heart?
After helping her grandfather at their Boston auction house, Miranda Wimplegate discovers she’s accidentally sold a powerful family’s prized portrait to an anonymous bidder. Desperate to appease the people who could ruin them forever, they track it to the Missouri Ozarks and make an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house and all its holdings before the painting can move again.
Upon crossing the country, however, Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn’t deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt Ballentine, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don’t know a thing about the business he’s single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count–but no mysterious painting–Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

My take on this book:
I love historical romance and when there is humor woven into the plot well it makes the story even better! At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings is an easy to slip into read that easily transported me into the heart of the story, and the characters. It was easy to connect with Miranda and the way that she handles the issues that her grandfather is facing was fantastic, she was so respectful and loving even when he made mistakes. Miranda was an easy to like character and the relationship that develops between her and Wyatt while a bit predictable was still enjoyable. Interesting characters and a small town setting that allowed me read about something new to me, which was an auction house made this book a quick read. Anyone who enjoys humor with their historical romance along with a faith based message will certainly enjoy reading this one.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
Regina Jennings


Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of “A Most Inconvenient Marriage,” “Sixty Acres and a Bride,” and “Caught in the Middle,” and contributed a novella to “A Match Made in Texas.” Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children.
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After a cross-country trip to track down a sold painting that could ruin her family’s business forever, Miranda Wimplegate forms an unlikely but charged partnership with livestock auctioneer Wyatt Ballentine in Regina Jennings’ At Love’s Bidding. Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn’t deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don’t know a thing about the business he’s single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count–but no mysterious painting–Miranda and Wyatt must try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.
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