Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.~1 Chronicles 16:34

 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.~ Colossians 3:17~

 

HAVE A HAPPY AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!! 🙂

Special Sundays!

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,~Luke 4:18

 

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;~Isaiah 61:1

 

Have a Happy and Blessed Sunday!! 🙂

 

Submerged~Dani Pettrey~ Alaskan Courage Series: Book 1~

Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1)

~Synopsis~

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation–and Yancey’s a small town. She’s returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey’s own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.
Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer has settled in his town and doesn’t appear to be moving on. But dealing with the reality of Bailey’s reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart, but she is not the same girl who left Yancey. He let her down, but he’s not the same guy she left behind. Can they move beyond the hurts of their pasts and find a future together?

~My Review~

Wow! What an amazing book! I had this book on my TBR list for what seemed like ages. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to discover a new author and a talented one at that! I especially had to read this author’s work because I found out that she is in fact,a Jane Austen fan. I’m also glad that my good friend recommended it to me!! Thank you Aerykah!
Okay, on to my review!

My Likes~
I was really drawn into Bailey’s,the heroine’s, story. Very good writing indeed. I also really enjoyed reading about the hero and his siblings. I especially loved reading about Piper. I can’t wait to read her story.I don’t get to read many stories about Alaska in Christian fiction so that was really interesting. I was indeed touched by this story. It was just simply wonderful. *sigh*

My Dislikes~
I enjoyed the story immensely but there was one thing that I had a very big problem with. Being that this is Christian fiction writing, I expect Christian fiction to have mostly Christian language. Like for example, I don’t agree with describing someone in a christian way as “sexy”. I just don’t agree with this word being included in Christian fiction writing. There’s always another way to  describe someone!  That’s just my opinion. I think that’s a trend in contemporary christian fiction because I’ve seen it somewhere else as well.This is just my opinion.

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Overall,I really enjoyed reading this book and I was thoroughly drawn into this very extraordinary story. I’m not a big fan of contemporary fiction but I’m anticipating reading all of the books by Dani Pettrey. If you’re looking for a good contemporary read, I highly recommend this book! I see great potential in this author’s writing!

 

I’m also enjoying the next book in this series! Shattered. It’s pretty good!

Shattered (Alaskan Courage, #2)

 

Author~Dani Pettrey~

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Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

The Husband Campaign~Regina Scott~

The Husband Campaign (The Master Matchmakers, #3)

~Synopsis~

A Marriage of Necessity

The moment John, Lord Hascot, encounters a young woman sheltering in his abandoned stable, his future is sealed. To prevent scandal—and protect Lady Amelia Jacoby from her parents’ ire—he must propose. John’s ability to trust vanished when his former love married his twin brother. Yet he offers Amelia everything she could want—except affection.

Amelia sees John’s true nature shine through when he cares for his horses. But the brooding aristocrat seems determined to keep her at arm’s length. Little by little Amelia will turn Hollyoak Farm into a home, but can she turn a marriage of convenience into a joyful union?

The Master Matchmakers: Wedding bells will ring when downstairs servants play Cupid for upstairs aristocracy

 

~My Review~

I loved reading this! I was never really into reading Love Inspired books but if most books are like this, then I would totally read it!
Sometimes I was very frustrated with the hero (John)because he was VERY dedicated to his horses and seemly ignoring what was right in front of him! It was corrected later in the book for which I’m very grateful!
I also loved the transformation of Amelia, the heroine, in how in many different ways she grew in all aspects as a  very good character in this book.
All I can say is that I was successfully captured by this story. As I said before, one of my favorite subjects to read about in fiction is about Marriage of Convenience. I was overjoyed to have read this one! I truly enjoyed the conflict and the solutions in the story which made it all the more enjoyable. I can’t wait to read more from Regina Scott! I highly recommend this book! (4 out of 5 stars)

Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

Special Sundays!~Isaiah 60:1-2~

Arise, shine, for your light has come!

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.~Isaiah 60:1-2~KJV

(I thought that these scriptures were really encouraging and I pray that they would encourage you today!)

Have a Happy and Blessed Sunday! 🙂

The Governess of Highland Hall~Carrie Turansky~

The Governess of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides, #1)

~Synopsis~

Worlds lie between the marketplaces of India and the halls of a magnificent country estate like Highland Hall. Will Julia be able to find her place when a governess is neither upstairs family nor downstairs help?

Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn’t sure what to make of the estate’s preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey.

Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from financial ruin. The last thing he needs is the distraction coming of a kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.

While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families–common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?

 

 

~My Review~

 

If you love Jane Eyre, then you should definitely love reading this book!

 

From the beginning, the storyline drew me in because the heroine,Julie, had a very interesting background story. She was a missionary along with her missionary parents fulfilling God’s work in India. I love the country India and its rich culture so to have  India included in a story is like so AWESOME!! The story is a very unique read in my opinion.

To me, the author had a very,very fresh outlook on fiction as I know it. It wasn’t cliché and I really enjoyed reading it.

I would have loved to read more dialogue between the hero and the heroine. In my opinion,I think that the hero and the heroine should have sufficient dialogue and chemistry before they decide that they love one another.  I guess I’m kinda weird in that sense because when it comes to romance in books, I want it right in the middle! Not to hot and not to cold because sometimes that’s one of the biggest elements in the story. Not all the time but  sometimes it is.

Overall, I definitely see great potential in this author’s writing. It was fresh,historical,and a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book! (5 stars)

 

I can’t wait to read her next book. “The Daughter of Highland Hall”.

The Daughter of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides, #2)

 

Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

 

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In the Field of Grace~Tessa Afshar~

In the Field of Grace

 

Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi’s home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left–a strong back and a willing heart–to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.

Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi. But his heart knows better.

 

~My Review~

I had been anticipating this book ever since I’d heard that Tessa Afshar was in the process of writing it. I’m a pretty big fan of Tessa Afshar’s writing so I try to read all of her books as soon as possible! Ruth is also one of my favorite heroines in the Bible so to have a novelization of her story is like so AWESOME!!

I do love,love the book cover. It is absolutely stunning!!

At first,  I couldn’t really get into the story because it seemed to me that it did have a slow start in my opinion. I was starting to believe that I wouldn’t enjoy the story as much as I did because of a sort of the slow beginning. I STRONGLY believe and love to see a gripping first chapter because then I know I will enjoy the book.

The story of Ruth is all about redemption and it’s one of the greatest love stories in the Bible. I think that the author did a very good job of portraying the story of Ruth and Naomi’s redemption and the love at first sight between Ruth and Boaz. I also love how the author gave Boaz a background story. His story in the novel was so heart wrenching and heart-gripping that it really drew me in. I was really amazed at how the author gave life to Ruth’s story from when she came to work in Boaz’ field to when she asked Boaz to be the kinsman redeemer. It was perfect!

I’m also a big fan of the 1960’s movie,”The Story of Ruth” and this novel was almost a reminisce of the movie in some parts as well.

The Story of Ruth ~ "The Old Testament story of the pagan idolater Ruth (Elana Eden), who married Mahlon (Tom Tryon), found faith and a great mother-in-law, Naomi (Peggy Wood)."

Aside from the seemly slow start to this novel,I really enjoyed reading this! This is another Biblical fiction novel well done by Tessa Afshar! I also enjoyed  reading about the other characters such as Dinah and Adin in this novel as well.

This story was  fantastic read!  It was a very moving and powerful story. I highly recommend “In the Field of Grace” over all of the novelizations of Ruth’s story that I’ve read. As soon as I had the time to settle down and read this story, I had finished it in about one night. I couldn’t put it down! I truly enjoyed it and I’m in high anticipation of Tessa Afshar’s next novel. (4 stars)

Happy Reading Y’all!  🙂

 

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Moody Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review*