Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Rachel Hauck’s ‘The Wedding Chapel’ and $100 Cash Card Giveaway

Is sixty years too long to wait for love? Two stories of romance, one in 1949 and one in the modern day, meet in Rachel Hauck's The Wedding Chapel. When Taylor Branson takes an assignment in Heart’s Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time. When Taylor’s journey intersects with Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook's, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.

Join Rachel in celebrating the release of The Wedding Chapel by entering to win a copy and a $100 cash card—perfect for finishing up your Christmas gift shopping!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of The Wedding Chapel
  • A $100 cash card
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 31st. The winner will be announced January 4th on Rachel's blog.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Last One Home - Review

Cassie Carter lives in Seattle, with her daughter Aimee, and is slowly picking up the pieces of a bad past.  It has been years but she finally feels as if her life is improving and is learning to enjoy life.  She is working at a hair salon and is also working extra hours on a house that she and her daughter will be moving into thanks to Habitat for Humanity.   Cassie is also beginning to repair the lost relationship between her two sisters, Karen and Nicole.  Steve Brody walks into this story, not as a knight in shining armor, but as a friend that Cassie can talk with about all of the different issues that is bothering her.  Perfect amount of romance among a beautiful story of grace.

This is not the typical romance novel by Debbie Macomber, but it is a story of love lost and love found.  It is a story of learning to forgive and to trust in others.  It is also a story of second chances and how easy it sounds but how hard it actually is to accomplish.  God must play a part in your life to accomplish all of this.  This story hit very close to home for me so I feel as if this was one of Debbie Macomber’s better books.  She dealt with the issue of abuse with a realistic view of the trust issues that are involved.  This is a stand-along book, but I hope that we will see more of these wonderful characters.  

I downloaded this from Audible.com.

More about Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Debbie brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Her novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of these novels hitting the number one spot.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Sparkle Box - Review

I was so  excited when I received a review copy of The Sparkle Box in my mail.   The story is what Christmas is all about.  The illustrations added that extra beauty to this already wonderful book. My grandson is six and he has decided that he would like start this tradition in his home.  Having a child read this book to you and watching his mind decide that this idea can work for him made me love this story more. Although this is a story for young children to understand the meaning of Christmas, like me, it moved me reading this with my little man.

The greatest part of Christmas is the joy we share with others.  I can't wait to hear more from this author.

Thank you to  Ideals Children's Books for allowing me to review a wonderful story and also introducing me to a great author and illustrator.  The review is entirely mine and I was not given any compensation for it.


Author Jill Hardie, her husband, and their two children began the tradition of placing a Sparkle Box for Jesus under their Christmas tree approximately seven years ago. The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they experienced profound peace and happiness. It's Jill's hope that The Sparkle Box book will ignite a new Christmas tradition that helps center Christmas in the true joy of the season.

"There are many traditions that help us remember the remarkable and beautiful story of the birth of Jesus. My hope is that The Sparkle Box will help us remember Jesus as he is today – in the present. It encourages us to ask the question,  'What gift can we give Jesus on His birthday that will bring Him joy?'- Jill Hardie

On her website Jill Hardie the author  has several gifts ideas to make this Christmas on to remember and to start creating memories.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Toward the Sunrise

Toward the Sunrise (Until The Dawn .5)

Another great story by Elizabeth Camden

Julia and Ashton's story was a sweet and quick read. There were trials that they both went through but they were able to overcome them and found a common love for each other.

More about Elizabeth

A research librarian and associate professor, Elizabeth Camden has a master's in history from the University of Virginia and a master's in library science from Indiana University. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Orlando, Florida.
Favorite Verse: John 1:1 (NIV) In the beginning there was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.