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8 12, 2016

Review: The Lost Gift by Kallie George

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , |1 Comment

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the lost gift book coverReviewed by Richard Wisniewski

With the holiday season finally here, it’s that time of the year where everyone is discovering what gifts to get the little ones. Well, author Kallie George put together the perfect Christmas package, The Lost Gift. Prepare for an adventure about service, giving and the essence of joy!

The Lost Gift is bound to reach immense success upon its release. It’s an adorable, fun and interactive book between the reader and the children. In my opinion, anyone who has the opportunity to read this book is going to be floored with the story line, the characters and the message.

8 12, 2016

Review: Christmas Quiet by Maisie Sparks and Lauren Younis

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Arts & Literature, Children's Books, Coloring Books, Entertainment, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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christmas quiet book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

For many people, reading books tends to relieve stress. I am one of those who will devour a novel because it takes my mind off things going on in my world around me. But for others, they take the route of actually being able to scribble in their books. I know, not what I would do, but when you have a book as pretty as this one? Oh, and while it has devotions and text, it is, also, a coloring book!

This strikingly beautiful adult coloring book is titled, Christmas Quiet. Contained within is a 25 day devotional, along with coloring pages. The authors take a piece of Scripture and then writes up a small word of encouragement or inspiration. This is leading up to Christmas so all the little pieces deal with the advent.

6 12, 2016

Review: A Most Novel Revenge by Ashley Weaver

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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a most novel revenge book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

A Most Novel Revenge is the third book in the Amory Ames mystery series and it is the first one I have had a chance to read.  I very much enjoyed it! It is a great cozy mystery set in the British countryside in the 1920’s.

Amory and Milo Ames are invited to Lyonsgate, at the behest of Amory’s cousin Laural. Laural doesn’t have a good feeling about the whole affair and with Amory being her best friend and with her recent experience solving crimes, she sees Amory as the perfect friend to have at her side.

6 12, 2016

Review: The Confectioner’s Tale by Laura Madeleine

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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confectioner's tale book coverReviewed by A.D. Cole

In the midst of preparing her doctoral thesis on the belle époque, Petra Stevenson stumbles across a mysterious photograph of her grandfather, the famous writer, J.G. Stevenson. At the same time, her grandfather’s official biographer has just declared his intention to reveal a scandal involving J.G. Stevenson’s early years in Paris. Now, Petra must choose between her legitimate doctoral work and her burning desire to uncover the nature of the scandal before the biographer does.

The Confectioner’s Tale is told in chapters alternating between the present (actually 1988, London) and the past (1910, Paris). While Petra is pursuing the mystery, the story is unfolding for the reader.

4 12, 2016

Review: Mistletoe Between Friends / The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase

By | December 4th, 2016|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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mistletoe between friends book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

In the Mistletoe Between Friends and The Snowflake Inn bundle, author Samantha Chase gives us two amazing stories about love blooming during the most wonderful time of the year–Christmas!

Two best friends. One plan. When lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene hatched a plan to keep their parents from setting them up with hopeless dates, they never expected that it would end up the way it did.

Lily has had a crush on Cameron since a late night party when she was a teenager, but she’s never told him about her feelings. And when he talks to her about pretending to date to keep their parents off their backs, she jumps on the chance, hoping that her crush will turn into something between them.

4 12, 2016

Mailbox Monday, December 5, 2016

By | December 4th, 2016|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |4 Comments

Welcome to Mailbox MondayMailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here are the books that made their way into my physical and digital mailboxes last week:

Review Copies

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2 12, 2016

Review: Morning Light by Holland Kane

By | December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , |1 Comment

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morning light book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

The description of Morning Light states:

“Emily, a twenty-four-year-old dancer and choreographer, confronts her husband’s fixation with right-wing Catholic dogma that condemns her use of birth control. His faith is so powerful that he refuses to have sex with her, even though he desperately wants to. As awful as this broken faith feels, she is troubled more by her best friend’s losing fight with cancer, and seeks to help her friend’s grief-stricken, precocious, son–the seventeen-year-old David. But the boy’s willful ways turn the tables on her. Denied intimacy by her husband, the boy’s passion asserts itself, and everyone’s life is explosively altered.”

In theory, this is a very intriguing story that would make me dive right in. Stories about battling cancer, romance, forbidden love, and marital problems are packed full of drama and emotion that usually result in wonderful tear jerkers. Unfortunately, this book did not provoke any intense emotions for me, and was a rather dull, if not frustrating, read.

1 12, 2016

Review: Snowbound at Christmas

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Westerns, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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snowbound at christmas book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Usually, I really love Christmas novellas, but I didn’t find much Christmas spirit in any of this batch. Although, as the title states, there is a LOT of snow! However, I should  clarify that I don’t often read contemporary romance novels, or at least not those billed as ‘steamy’. The couple in each story had a history – or at least knew each other — before meeting up again years later. I suppose if I have to choose a favorite it would be Snowed in at Copper Ridge by Maisey Yates. The other stories are Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan, and Hot Winters Night by Lia Riley.

Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates

Sometimes a childish crush can develop into something much stronger–if it’s given any encouragement. Had it not been for Faith Grayson, Mia Landry would never even have met Faith’s brother Devlin.

1 12, 2016

Book of the Month December Selections

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |4 Comments

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It’s December 1st which means it’s time for new BOTM picks!

If you have not yet given BOTM a try, there are several offers for new subscribers this month that are too good to pass up! All offers expire on 12/31

December Selections

★ Whatever Happened to Interracial Love by Kathleen Collins

Guest Judge Abbi Jacobson: “Even though these stories were written decades ago, the issues and frustrations of the characters’ lives mimic where we are right now.”

1 12, 2016

Review: A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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portrait of emily price book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Art restorer Emily Price has spent her entire life trying to fix things, from her directionless younger sister to the priceless art she works to preserve. A new project for her insurance firm takes her to Atlanta, where she meets Joseph Vassallo, who also works in her field. He introduces her to his younger brother Benito (Ben), and sparks begin to fly. Soon Emily finds herself helping to breathe new life in to a restaurant owned by Ben and Joseph’s aunt and uncle, and falling hopelessly in love with Ben. Emily has always been the picture of responsibility, which is part of the reason that everyone is shocked by her decision to accept a quick marriage proposal from Ben and return to Italy with him.