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Book Review! Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

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Title: Called to Protect
Author:
 Lynette Eason
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
July 31, 2018

Series: Blue Justice #2

 Description from Goodreads:  “For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She’s over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

When US Marshall Blake MacCallum’s daughter goes missing, he’s ordered to kill the judge he’s protecting and tell no one about his daughter’s disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

Bestselling author Lynette Eason warns readers to buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have their hearts pumping from the very start.”

Review: This book was absolutely amazing! I devoured this book in just over a day, and that includes a full day of work. This book was amazingly well written, it was suspenseful, and riveting. Once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down.

I love the set of characters in this series. They are all so funny, strong, and likable. The Blue Justice series focus’s on one member of this crazy family (mostly cops, with a doctor thrown in) in each book so far, but you still see the other members of the family as well.

Although the first book in this series is amazing, and I highly recommend reading it, this book could easily be read as a stand alone. Each book has its own storyline and it wraps it up at the end of the book.

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Christian romantic suspense. Even if you haven’t read the first book in this series, you can read this one.

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

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Book Review! Daughter Of A Daughter Of A Queen by Sarah Bird

Title: Daughter Of A Daughter Of A Queen

Author: Sarah Bird    
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
09/04/2018

Description from Goodreads: The compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the first woman to ever serve in the US Army 

“Here’s the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my Mama never let me forget it.”

Missouri, 1864

Powerful, epic, and compelling, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queenshines light on a nearly forgotten figure in history. Cathy Williams was born and lived a slave – until the Union army comes and destroys the only world she’s known. Separated from her family, she makes the impossible decision – to fight in the army disguised as a man with the Buffalo Soldiers. With courage and wit, Cathy must not only fight for her survival and freedom in the ultimate man’s world, but never give up on her mission to find her family, and the man she loves. Beautiful, strong, and impactful, Cathy’s story is one that illustrates the force of hidden history come to light, the strength of women, and the power of love.

Christina Baker Kline says Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is “an epic page-turner” and “unforgettable.””

Review: This was a fascinating story. There are many books about this time in history, the Civil War and the freeing of the slaves. There are so many accounts of what it was like, yet this was a completely original and unique story.

I was interested in how Cathy was treated by the white soldiers of the Union Army, and how the rest of the slaves were treaded after being freed. There were parts that were difficult to read, and it was definitely not something I could sit and read for a long period of time, but it was absolutely worth it.

Recommendation: I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

 

Eat at Home Tonight by Tiffany King

Title: Eat at Home Tonight: 101 Deliciously Simple Dinner Recipes for Even the Busiest Family Schedule

Author: Tiffany King

Rating: 5/5

Release Date: September 11, 2018

Description from Goodreads: “Founder of the Eat at Home website and family meal-planning wizard Tiffany King shares recipes focused on simplicity, flavor, and healthy balance to help home cooks end every day with an affordable family dinner.

A popular food blogger with 8.5 million page views, Tiffany King’s debut cookbook is crafted for those nights “when life happens.” This is the cookbook to turn to when all hope of a homemade, wholesome dinner seems lost: when the fridge is empty, when it’s already 8pm, when one kid has soccer practice and the other dance, when there’s no time for cleanup because homework has to get done. Just like her blog, King’s book is tirelessly encouraging and realistic. The recipes feature bright vegetables and affordable pantry ingredients. The book, uniquely arranged by “excuses” includes sidebars with mealtime conversation starters and helpful cooking hints.”

Review: These recipes are so simple, tasty, and easy to make. I am so impressed with how “down to earth” these recipes are. There aren’t strange ingredients that I never have, instead these are recipes that I could pick up and make almost any of them with just the food I already have in the house.

I love the food prep section, labeled “I want to cook for the whole week tonight.” It says you can take about one hour, and prep meals for the entire week. Then you simply put them in the freezer; when you are ready for that meal, take it out and put in the fridge the night before, and in the morning put it in the slow cooker; then you have a nice meal come evening. If that weren’t awesome enough, this section includes a shopping list for all the meals, making even grocery shopping easier!

Many of these recipes can be put in the slow cooker. I love being able to just put a meal in the slow cooker in the morning and forget about it until it’s done. Most of these recipes also have instructions for your pressure cooker if you prefer.

This cookbook truly takes away the excuse to just order out food. There is even a section on food you can take with you to eat on the go! Seriously, no more excuses to not make a home cooked meal.  

 

Recommendation: I highly recommend this cookbook to anyone! I have been showing everyone I know about this cookbook. Even if you aren’t a real busy person, there are days when you just don’t feel like spending a ton of time prepping, cooking, and cleaning up after a meal. There are so many incredible recipes in here that will accommodate any mood you are in.

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Book Review! Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano

Title: Caught by Surprise
Author:
 Jen Turano
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
July 31, 2018

Description from Goodreads: “Miss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind the abduction, they’re seen alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.

Gilbert is willing to propose marriage–except Temperance will have none of it. She’s finally stepped out of the shadow of her relations and won’t give up her independence. But when it becomes clear the misunderstanding in Chicago has escalated into a threat on her life and followed her to New York, accepting Gilbert’s help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed.”

Review: This book was just as good and hilarious as the previous two books in this series. I always get such a good laugh out of these books, and they make rainy or lazy days so much more entertaining.

I was surprised that this book actually had quite a bit of mystery to it, and I couldn’t quite figure it out. I found this completely engrossing and I enjoyed curling up with it and getting lost in the story.

I love how well faith and God’s timing were threaded into the story. It wasn’t overdone; instead it added so much depth to the story. This is a perfect book for the beach, a rainy day, or when you are in the mood to laugh a lot.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

 

Book Review! A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

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Title: A Defense of Honor
Author: 
Kristi Ann Hunter
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
June 5, 2018

Description from Goodreads: Forced to run for her life, Kit FitzGilbert finds herself in the very place she swore never to return to–a London ballroom. There she encounters Lord Graham Wharton, who believes Kit holds the key to a mystery he’s trying to solve. As much as she wishes that she could tell him everything, she can’t reveal the truth without endangering those she loves.

Review: You really can’t help but get drawn into this unique, entertaining, and inspiring novel. I was a huge fan of Kristi Ann Hunter’s Hawthorne house series and was nervous about a new series by the author, however, this is starting out to be as good, if not a bit better, than the previous series.

I haven’t read any Christian historical romance’s that tackles this topic. I found this unique and refreshing. Hunter seems to have taken a risk tackling this topic, but she did it with such grace and care that I believe it will definitely pay off.

I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next books in this series. Each of these women are so uniquely lovable, I cannot wait to see what’s in store for them.

 Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Book Review! Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

Title: Dead Drift         
Author: 
Dani Pettrey
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
July 3, 2018

Series: Chesapeake Valor #4 (The Final book)

 Description from Goodreads: Private Investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving Luke Gallagher after he disappeared. Now he’s back, and together they must unravel a twisting thread of secrets, lies, and betrayal while on the brink of a biological disaster that will shake America to its core. Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist’s next target?

Review: I can’t tell if I am happy to finally get to see this story play out, or if I am devastated that this series is over. I have enjoyed this series immensely and I was sad to see it end, however, this book was amazing and I loved reading it.

This book was just as good as the rest of the series and I could not put it down. I was hooked immediately and it didn’t let up until the last page.

I was really glad to finally see Luke and get his and Kate’s story. It’s been hinted at for so long! It was completely worth the wait. Their story has so much history and mystery to it. They are both strong, brave, and stubborn, making them a dynamic couple!

Recommendation: This was a great conclusion to an amazing series. I highly recommend it to anyone who has been reading the Chesapeake Valor series.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Blog Tour, Giveaway and Review-Loving Grace by April Smith

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Welcome to the Loving Grace by April Smith blog & review tour plus giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: Loving Grace
Author: April Smith
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Christian Fiction, Young Adult Romance

Grace Summer lands herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her dreams and the boy almost next door.

As the newly crowned Watermelon Queen, she is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her world. Mix in working with Beau Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and the metaphorical sparks fly.

Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron—or at least being around his annoying and rude self way more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an irritating reminder from the night of the accident.

Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each other.

My Review: Loving Grace was a clean, sweet young adult book. The issues Grace faced were the same issues teenagers face, making it relevant for teens and young adults. I was impressed with the depth and heart of this book.

I loved that the faith aspect of this book was present, but flowed so naturally throughout the book that it didn’t seem forced or tacky.

There were a few things that I didn’t like about this book, however. I am not a fan of love triangles; I don’t know why they are so prevalent in young adult books. I tend to get frustrated and lose interest.

I also wasn’t a fan of the viewpoint of this book. The first person present tense just didn’t work for me for some reason. I am not sure why, but it felt choppy and slowed down my reading dramatically.

All in all, I think this is a good book for a teenager, with some good messages about faith, innocence, and life.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of the book mentioned above in the hope that I would review it on my blog. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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April Smith grew up spending summers working on her best friend’s family watermelon farm and she was one of those watermelon queens she writes about. She has her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

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Ambassador International is giving away:

(1) JustRead Summer Fun Book Box, which features Loving Grace as well as at least 4 quality items which complement the story. Find out more here.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 16, 2018 and last through 11:59pm July 23, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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