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8 08, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

By | August 8th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Romance|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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a beauty refined book coverPlease join Tracie Peterson, author of A Beauty Refined, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Charity Lyman

Beloved author, Tracie Peterson, brings her readers the second installment in a new series in this latest novel, A Beauty Refined. Part of the Sapphire Brides trilogy, we get to see America through the eyes of a young German woman who is traveling with her father. But mystery and excitement abound as well so don’t be in a hurry to brush this one aside!

Phoebe Von Bergen is the daughter of a wealthy count, Frederick or Graf Von Bergen, overjoyed about taking a trip  with her father through America. They are searching for jewels and gems while taking a somewhat scenic tour of the country, ending up in Helena, Montana, where secrets from the past will come to light.

6 07, 2016

Review: The Second Half by Lauraine Snelling

By | July 6th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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the second half book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Ken and Mona Sorenson are nearing retirement and planning their golden years. In fact, Mona is planning Ken’s retirement party and they are hoping to do some traveling after he retires. When their son calls them to let them know he’s being deployed and needs them to care for his two children while he’s away, their whole world has to shift. Happy to help out one of their children, they make the necessary adjustments and prepare for their arrival. How can they go back to raising young children? They just keep telling themselves it will be a year, at most, and then things can go back to the way they had planned.

After Steig leaves, they attempt to settle into a routine with the kids, but find things more challenging due to the emotional turmoil caused by not only their father leaving, but the remaining effects of Steig’s wife having walked out on them the previous year.

21 06, 2016

Review: The Dog That Whispered by Jim Kraus

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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the dog that whispered book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Have you ever thought your dog was trying to talk to you? Or at least paying really close attention (cocking his head sideways, raising ears and staring at you with great intensity) when you were talking to him? (Or her, of course!) After you read The Dog That Whispered, you might realize the concept isn’t so far-fetched, after all.

Thurman is the dog who whispers, well, actually growls and grumbles but in an almost conversational way. After seeing him on TV as a dog up for adoption, Gretna Steele felt so strongly about him that she took herself off to the Animal Shelter to adopt him. Only after they were both back at her apartment did she discover that as a tenant of the Heritage Square Senior Apartments and Retirement Village, she was not allowed to have a dog. That little problem meant nothing to Gretna, for didn’t she have a perfectly wonderful son who needed such a dog?

6 06, 2016

Blog Tour: Through the Shadows by Karen Barnett

By | June 6th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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through the shadows book coverPlease join Karen Barnett, author of Through the Shadows, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Charity Lyman

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. It helps me escape to a time very different from my own, and I always enjoy seeing how much our world has evolved. One author who has always provided me with an intriguing historical story to jump into is Karen Barnett. Her latest series, The Golden Gate Chronicles, take the reader back to San Francisco, California during the devastating 1906 earthquake and the difficult period that followed. We get to see this thriving town fall down and then rebuild with new dreams and ambitions.

22 05, 2016

Blog Tour: Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

By | May 22nd, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Romance|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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anchor in the storm book coverPlease join Sarah Sundin, author of Anchor in the Storm, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Enter to win the All Hands on Deck Prize Pack below!

Reviewed by Charity Lyman

As an avid reader of fiction novels, I have stumbled upon books that I plain out don’t like, some that are tolerable, the ones that make the cut and are enjoyable to read, and then those few that are gems. The ones that make the world around you disappear for the hours you are ensnared in its pages. Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin is one of those gems. While it is the second installment in the Waves of Freedom series, you can most definitely read it as a stand-alone story, though many of the same characters are involved from the first book.

Lillian Avery is our heroine,

9 05, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman

By | May 9th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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fading starlight book coverPlease join Kathryn Cushman, author of Fading Starlight, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Enter to win 1 of 2 prize packages from Bethany House below!

Reviewed by Meg Massey

Lauren Summers was hoping for a brilliant future in fashion, but when one of her designs ends in an embarrassing red carpet wardrobe malfunction, she’s basically blackballed by the entire industry. An opportunity to work as a costume designer for a high school production couldn’t come at a better time. Though the job’s unpaid, Lauren is able to stay in a small fixer-upper of a cottage in a private neighborhood. Ready to retreat from reporters and prying eyes, Lauren accepts quickly.

Soon Lauren finds herself in a cottage surrounded by neighbors that are fiercely protective of their privacy, including the cranky and reclusive Charlotte Montgomery, who

6 05, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Her One and Only by Becky Wade

By | May 6th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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her one and only book coverPlease join Becky Wade, author of Her One and Only, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Enter to win 1 of 2 prize packages from Bethany House below!

Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

As an executive protective agent, Dru Porter is always putting her life in danger in order to protect her clients. But when she meets Gray Fowler, a Texas Mustangs football player, and is told she has to protect him, she learns a new level of care and concern for her clients. Gray is cocky, a womanizer, and appears to be very shallow. But the more the gets to know him, the more Dru realizes he has a deeper side of him that no one ever gets to see.

Gray has a stalker who is sending letters that at first seem non-violent,

17 03, 2016

Blog Tour: Playing the Part by Jen Turano

By | March 17th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Romance|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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playing the part book coverPlease join Jen Turano, author of Playing the Part, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Enter Jen’s 5-book giveaway – open until 4/6 – here

Reviewed by Charity Lyman

Today I have a delightful story to share that will have you in stitches! Jen Turano is the well known author of many novels set in the Gilded Age and her newest one is titled Playing the Part. It is an entertaining tale full of the quirky characters Turano has come to be recognized for. Give me a minute to explain a few of them to you, and then we can talk about the story itself!

In this book we will meet a few new characters but also get to catch up with a few old friends. Well, they will be old friends if you

16 03, 2016

Review: Orphan # 8 by Kim van Alkemade

By | March 16th, 2016|Categories: Gay & Lesbian, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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orphan #8 book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Before the days of foster homes, there were children’s homes. Massive institutions that housed hundreds of children were the landing spot of vulnerable orphans or displaced children. Some came for temporary situations and others were there until they aged out. In her historically documented novel, Orphan #8, Kim van Alkemade tells the story of one child who grew up in the Hebrew Children’s Home in New York City.

After the tragic death of her mother, Rachel Rabinowitz and her brother Sam became wards of the home. Separated by age, at four years old she found herself housed with the infants, and at six years old, he lived with the elementary aged children. What happened behind those thick stone walls never really mattered in the course of public discussion. Orphans and their care fell under

31 01, 2016

Blog Tour: Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

By | January 31st, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Religion & Spirituality, Romance|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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mermaid moon book coverPlease join Colleen Coble, author of Mermaid Moon, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble is a beautifully written and captivating novel. Coble effectively tells the love story between main characters Mallory and Kevin, while also giving the reader a mystery to piece together.

This novel focuses on Mallory; Mallory receives a phone call from her father during which he mutters the words “Find…mother” right before passing away. However, with her mother being dead for almost fifteen years, Mallory is both startled and confused.

After traveling back home, where she hadn’t been in many years, Mallory is thrown into more danger than she could’ve ever imagined. Not only is her life being threatened, but also the life of her daughter, Haylie. In addition to this, Mallory must face Kevin, whose heart