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20 05, 2016

Review: Overload by Joyce Meyer

By | May 20th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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overload book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

For anyone who is not familiar with Joyce Meyer, let me introduce her to you right now. She is a survivor of an abusive childhood who is raising four children while also running her Christian ministry. She is a television and Internet minister through podcasts who regularly reaches millions with her positive messages of hope, peace and advice for living a Christ-filled life. But she also has a way with words, and is not afraid to share her life story with a reader to make a point. Now that you know the background on the author, you can better appreciate where her advice is coming from–from her experiences and her heart.

Overload is set in 15 chapters that are meant to define stress, help us identify who is in charge of our stressors, show what can be done to relieve

20 05, 2016

Review: Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu & Anne Greenwood Brown

By | May 20th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Friendships, Mysteries, Social Issues, Suspense, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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girl last seen book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

Girl Last Seen is one of those books you just want to speed read to know the ending. I had to stop myself from reading the book in one sitting so I could fully enjoy the writing, but I could have easily devoured the novel in one sleepless night.

Kadence Mulligan and Lauren DeSanto are, or were, high school BFFs who became Internet celebrities. After one of their homemade music videos went viral, Kady and Lauren spent the next year trying to keep the fame alive and turn themselves into the real deal. Unfortunately, when Lauren lost her voice due to an illness, their friendship turned toxic. Now, the two not only have a mixture of animosity and jealously against them, but after one of Kady’s solo concerts, the teenager goes missing. Soon, all

19 05, 2016

Blog Tour: Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |6 Comments

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wilde lake book coverPlease join Laura Lippman, author of Wilde Lake, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Alisha Churbe

Wilde Lake is a novel that centers around two stories that both reside in the same small town of Wilde Lake, Maryland. Both are told from the point of view of Luisa (“Lu”) Brant. In 1980, Luisa is ten years old and tags along with her brother, AJ, who is eight years older, and all his friends. She is shy, awkward and doesn’t have friends of her own. Her father is the State’s Attorney of Howard County. He’s widowed; Luisa’s mother having died just days after she was born. The second story woven throughout is in modern time, where Lu has followed in her father’s footsteps and became the first female State’s Attorney of Howard County; she’s also widowed with two small

19 05, 2016

Review: Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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who do you love book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

I had never heard of Jennifer Weiner before I got Who Do You Love, but this book definitely makes me want to read her other novels.

Rachel Blum is eight years old – in the hospital again because of her congenital heart defect – when she meets Andy Landis, also eight years old. This chance meeting is the beginning of a lifelong relationship between the two.

Rachel lives in Florida and wants for nothing. At least nothing material. However, because of her heart defect, her parents spend all of their time worrying about her and keeping her from being a kid. Andy grows up in Philadelphia with a single mom. His mom, having to work long hours to keep a roof over their heads, is never home, so he spends his time running.

Rachel and

18 05, 2016

Review: Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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dreams of distant shores book coverReviewed by Jamie Friddle

Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip is unique, captivating, and a work of art. The fantasy writer certainly paints intricate scenes that draw the reader in from the first sentence. McKillip transports us to different dimensions throughout the collection, from a young artist who is in love with his art and the model who posed for the art, to a witch that takes on the role of being a sea goddess’ host body for a hundred years, among many other short stories.

My favorite short story, though hard to choose, is “Weird”. “Weird” is about two adults who bar themselves in a bathroom full of gourmet food while an ancient being (or beings) torments them on the other sides of the walls. The being bangs and growls, makes the walls shake and

17 05, 2016

Review: The Hundred-Year Walk by Dawn Anahid MacKeen

By | May 17th, 2016|Categories: Historical, Nonfiction, Politics & Government, Travel|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

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hundred-year walk book coverReviewed by Vera Pereskokova

Every year, on April 24th, Armenians around the world commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Between 1915 and 1917, the government of the Ottoman Empire (present day Turkey) ordered the systematic deportation and extermination of hundreds of thousands of its Armenian residents, as well as other Christian ethnic groups. Although Turkey still denies that the events of those years constitute genocide, estimates suggest that as many as 1.5 million people perished as a result of death marches or outright massacres.

I am half-Armenian from my mother’s side and while I’ve always been aware of the Armenian Genocide, I knew little of the facts. So when an email describing The Hundred-Year Walk by Dawn Anahid MacKeen popped up in my inbox, I jumped at the chance to read it.

The Hundred-Year Walk is a true account

17 05, 2016

Review: No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

By | May 17th, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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no one knows book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

When J.T. Ellison’s No One Knows opens, we learn that Aubrey’s husband Josh has been declared dead after being missing for five years. Aubrey is a teacher who was recently released from prison after she was exonerated from any wrong-doing in relation to the disappearance of her husband. Now, she is left to pick up the pieces of her life, dealing with people’s negative perceptions of her, and forced to watch as her mother-in-law plans to contest Josh’s life insurance policy.

In the pages of this novel, we are taken back and forth through time, watching present-day scenes as Aubrey continues to adjust to life without her husband, including meeting a handsome man named Chase that reminds her of her husband. We also are taken back to the days leading up to Josh’s disappearance, and

17 05, 2016

Review: Accountability Citizenship by Stephen P. Tryon

By | May 17th, 2016|Categories: Nonfiction, Politics & Government|Tags: |1 Comment

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accountability citizenship book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

In a presidential election year, tensions run high as people divide once again over who will be the next leader of the United States. Should it be the Republican candidate or the Democrat or maybe one of the Independent choices? The evening news becomes a spectator sport and ever increasing feelings of helplessness creep in as the realization hits that you are very likely out of good choices. How do we get to this place where the election feels like a bad coin toss? How do we wind up with no good candidates who actually represent the desires of the people?

In his book, Accountability Citizenship, Stephen P. Tryon takes a proactive approach to responsibilities of every citizen in the process of electing leaders at all levels and having a voice in the process. He starts

17 05, 2016

Most Creative/Prolific Contributor Award!

By | May 17th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways, Monthly Contest|Tags: |4 Comments

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stack of books As promised, every month I give away a prize of their choice to the most creative/prolific contributor to Luxury Reading.

Our April winner is…

TechEditor!

Kudos to everyone for your great comments! Please post a comment here with your selection!

The contest started over on May 10th, and I will pick a new winner around the 10th of June. There is no limit to how many times you can win.

Remember, frequency of commenting counts, but so does the quality – a creative and relevant comment will get you more points than something like “sounds great”. Every month, I will pick a winner and post their name, as well as send them an e-mail. The winner can pick any item that is available on Amazon.com.

Get commenting!

16 05, 2016

Review: The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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life i left behind book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth is an enticing and intricate thriller told mainly in the perspective of two women: Melody and Eve.

Melody Pieterson lives a life ruled by her distrust of herself and the people around her. She keeps herself hidden behind the walls of a fortress, both mental and physical. However, when Eve Elliot’s body is found by a man and his dog on their walk one day, Melody’s carefully built façade is shattered. Six years prior, Melody was attacked and left for dead at the exact same place Eve was, and one of her friends, David Alden, was found guilty of the crime.

With the two incidents having uncanny similarities, and David’s recent release from prison, the cops automatically point the finger at David for the murder. As