Saturday, May 8, 2021

WHERE GRACE APPEARS by Heidi Chiavaroli, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"He'd loved me even then. Why hadn't I had the eyes to appreciate it?"

" . . . he simply couldn't imagine loving another, couldn't imagine them not being together. Who else could he laugh with, fight with, cry with, love with? Who else could he picture by his side into old age?"

It seems that Josie Martin and Tripp Colton have love issues; it's not that they don't love, can't love, haven't loved, could love . . . but the possibility of love has taken a gargantuan step backward . . . for the two would soon become three, and therein lies the problem. And Tripp doesn't even know it yet. Would he even try to understand if he did?

Instead of being forthright with her family about her expectant state, Josie Martin arrives home and pulls the entire crew into her mother's dream; converting their great aunt's grand Victorian home into a bed and breakfast plus bookstore, using Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House as an inspiration. But all the hammering and nailing and restoring does little to soothe Josie's heart when it pitter-patters at an accelerated rate every time Tripp Colton steps into a room. She has pulled the two of them into an impossible situation, were it not for grace.

A lovely story that amplifies the trials and triumphs of authenticity, demonstrates what it means to love unconditionally and reminds every reader how much courage it takes to forgive, even when it's impossible to forget.

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."
* 3.5 stars. I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

 See Nicole's Review! 

BackCover Blurb:
Ashamed of being duped by her handsome psychology professor, Josie Martin returns to Maine too proud to admit her foolishness to those closest to her. As the one-year anniversary of her father’s death approaches, she seeks solace in an old friend, Tripp Colton, and a new business venture that will prove to herself and her loved ones that she is still capable of success despite her overwhelming failure.

When Josie announces she will not return to school to finish her graduate degree but wishes to remain in Camden to help her mother achieve a lifelong dream, the entire family gets behind her idea to open and run a bed and breakfast inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. Even Tripp gets excited about restoring Josie’s great-aunt's Victorian home for the purpose, but when Josie’s unexpected news is revealed, their friendship and the new feelings blooming between them are threatened.

As summer gives way to fall, Josie struggles with decisions regarding her family’s future, dealing with past mistakes she cannot run from, and her feelings for Tripp. When the opportunity for grace comes along, will she take it? Or will she continue to allow her failures to define her worth?

This is Book 1 in The Orchard House Bed and Breakfast Series. A contemporary twist on the well-loved classic, Little Women, readers will fall in love with the Martin family—Maggie, Josie, Lizzie, Bronson, Amie, and their mother Hannah—each trying to find their own way in the world and each discovering that love, home, and hope are closer than they appear. 

 
Hope Creek Publishers April 2021
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Thursday, May 6, 2021

LET IT BE ME by Becky Wade, Reviewed by Nicole Cook #BlogTour #Giveaway #Bonus

 Welcome to Nicole Cook's stop on the Let It Be Me "Mathematician" blog tour - make sure you scroll through for all the great bonuses!
 
Nicole's Review:
"Everything in him was demanding that he tear down heaven and earth to make Leah his."

Let It Be Me, the second installment in award-winning author Becky Wade’s Misty River Romance series, is guaranteed to be a hit with fans of contemporary romance. With a fabulous cast of characters, Becky Wade immediately draws readers in and keeps them interested until the very last page.

The author is a master at creating witty banter between the hero and heroine, and she continues to shine throughout this novel. With two best friends realizing they are interested in the same girl and an intriguing ancestry angle, readers will not want to miss this incredible story.

Becky Wade shares the beautiful message of God’s unconditional love and grace for us. Let It Be Me is highly recommended for readers of contemporary romance, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Courtney Walsh, Denise Hunter and Susan May Warren.

Now the anticipation is extremely high for book #3, in which Luke Dempsey finally gets his own story. He first captured my attention during his brief mentions in book #1, and I absolutely cannot wait for his story next year!
"Despite his many sins and failures, Luke was a man of his word. He'd returned to his hometown to fulfill the promise he'd made to his friend and fellow inmate, Ed Sutherland."

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.


"She'd spent a lifetime trusting in the answers math provided. The world was not always logical. But math was. And she loved math for that."
ABOUT THE BOOK
The one woman he wants is the one he cannot have.

Former foster kid Sebastian Grant has leveraged his intelligence and hard work to become a pediatric heart surgeon. But not even his career success can erase the void he's tried so hard to fill. Then he meets high school teacher Leah Montgomery and his fast-spinning world comes to a sudden stop. He falls hard, only to make a devastating discovery--Leah is the woman his best friend set his heart on months before.

Leah's a math prodigy who's only ever had one big dream--to earn her PhD. Raising her little brother put that dream on hold. Now that her brother will soon be college bound, she's not going to let anything stand in her way. Especially romance . . . which is far less dependable than algebra.

When Leah receives surprising results from the DNA test she submitted to a genealogy site, she solicits Sebastian's help. Together, they comb through hospital records to uncover the secrets of her history. The more powerfully they're drawn to each other, the more strongly Sebastian must resist, and the more Leah must admit that some things in life--like love--can't be explained with numbers.


Becky Wade is offering a Let It Be Me themed giveaway. You can click here to view the entry page: https://beckywade.com/home/let-it-be-me-giveaway/.

Becky Wade will be hosting a Facebook author chat the evening of May 11th at 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific at https://www.facebook.com/authorbeckywade

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Becky Wade (www.beckywade.com) is the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year winner for True to You. She is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. Her humorous, heart-pounding contemporary romance novels have won three Christy Awards, the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award for Romance. Becky lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children.

 

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

IS IT ANY WONDER by Courtney Walsh, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"I can't help but think what happened was my fault . . . . . . Is it any wonder that I wish I could take it back?"

An excerpt from one of the many letters that Louisa Chambers never sent to the people she loved . . . this one was particularly painful, for its recipient was no longer a resident on this earth. He had been a drowning victim, fighting to save the life of his son, a young man whom Louisa had loved with all of her heart, until the night that everything shattered between them.

"Not today ocean. If you want her, you're gonna have to go through me." Diving directly into the cresting waves, Cody Boggs uses all of his Coast Training to rescue the young woman who had ignored the most important rules of paddle boarding off the Nantucket Sound; watch the weather, wear a life jacket. Pulling her near lifeless body onto the rescue boat, and giving her some much needed oxygen, "intense blue eyes" locked onto his face with recognition. "Cody?" It couldn't be. Not her. "Louisa?"

It's nearly impossible to describe the kind of high voltage intensity that permeates this entire story from beginning to end in just a few words, or even in several well formed sentences. The depth is equally nauseating and thrilling, the romance; simply electrifying with its stutter-steps and misunderstandings, all the while remaining securely tethered by the constancy of its heartbeat, and the spiritual applications? Numerous, poignant, invigorating . . . . and utterly convicting.

Summing up the core is a statement by Maggie, one who loved Cody and Louisa with an unconditional love that appeared everlasting, when she said, "As many times as you wish you could change that night, that's as many times as your father would do the exact same thing for you. . . . . It's like Jesus. . . . he knew his sacrifice meant the rest of us could live."

Will Cody and Louisa find their way back to the lighthouse in time? They made a pact, do they have the courage to keep it?  

*4.5 stars. I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a review.

 See Nicole's Review!

BackCover Blurb:
Can a promise made as kids bring them back together as adults? In this Nantucket-set beach read, “master of the genre” (Midwest Book Review) Courtney Walsh delivers a sparkling inspirational romance about first love and second chances.

Twelve years ago, Cody Boggs and Louisa Chambers made a pact that no matter where their lives took them, they’d return to Nantucket Island’s Brant Point Lighthouse on July 30, their shared golden birthday, and continue their tradition of exchanging birthday wishes. But that was before a tragic accident upended both of their lives, irrevocably pulling them apart.

Their worlds collide just months before that particular day when Louisa’s fledgling event planning company is hired by the local Coast Guard station, where she discovers Cody has recently returned to the island as the second in command. As they plan a regatta fundraiser, hoping to promote positive PR in the community, neither can deny the fireworks each encounter ignites. But working together also brings up memories of the day Cody’s father died, revealing secrets that have Cody and Louisa questioning everything they thought they knew and felt about their families and each other. 

Tyndale Publishing, April 6 2021
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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

BOOKSHOP BY THE SEA by Denise Hunter, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Forgiveness is one thing. Trust is another."
A lot of water has gone the bridge between Sophie Lawson and Aiden Maddox; seven years worth to be exact. So when Sophie spots her nemesis across the room at her sister's wedding rehearsal party, it's illogical to think that her heart rate might increase and her palms become clammy . . . . she has erased all-things-Aiden from her heart . . . right??? Wrong.

Ironically, things do actually go bump in the night when Sophie and Aiden literally collide in the darkness. Following the ceremony, they both take refuge from an approaching hurricane in the same cottage, owned by mutual friends . . . . what a cruel coincidence or perhaps they have been handed a golden opportunity.

That would be too easy, for Sophie is frantically preparing a grand opening for her long-dreamed-of "bookshop by the sea", located along a quaint boardwalk in Piper's Cove, North Carolina. Meanwhile, Aiden is a successful business man, owning shares in an extreme sports company in Charleston, South Carolina. Laying aside the obvious geographical gulf, they both have abandonment issues that tend to override their ability to trust . . . will lashing out or running away eventually become a barrier to love?

The epitome of a feel-good kind of story, Bookshop by the Sea invites readers to sit back and enjoy the view! Every bookshop needs one, or two, . . . . or a few dozen copies . . . especially after reading that ending! 
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
 

BackCover Blurb
Sophie Lawson should be enjoying her sister’s wedding day. But nothing could have prepared her to see the best man again.

After her mother became bedridden and her father bailed on the family, Sophie found herself serving as a second mother to her twin brother, Seth, and younger sister, Jenna. Sophie supported her siblings through their college years, putting aside her own dream of opening a bookshop in Piper’s Cove—the quaint North Carolina beach town they frequented as children.

Now it’s finally time for Sophie to follow her own pursuits. Seth has a new job, and Jenna is set to marry her college beau in Piper’s Cove. But the destination wedding reunites Sophie with best man Aiden Maddox, her high school sweetheart who left her without a backward glance.

When an advancing hurricane strands Aiden in Piper’s Cove after the wedding, he finds the hotels booked to capacity and has to ask Sophie to put him up until the storm passes. As the two ride out the weather, old feelings rise to the surface. The delay also leaves Sophie with mere days to get her bookshop up and running. Can she trust Aiden to stick around? And will he find the courage to risk his heart?
 

Thomas Nelson Publishing, April 2021
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Monday, May 3, 2021

SET THE STARS ALIGHT By Amanda Dykes, Reviewed by Kim

Amanda Dykes writes stories that are meant to be savored. They are layered, immersive, and so well written. This is a time slip and I ended up loving both stories equally. I also loved how the two stories tied together so beautifully!

I really enjoyed Dash and Lucy’s story and how Lucy’s family took Dash into their lives. The secondary characters really added to their story. During the first half of the book, I didn’t want to leave Dash and Lucy, but as I continued to read, I become so absorbed in Frederick’s story that I didn’t want to leave that one! He had such a sad childhood, but the kindness shown to him by Juliette’s family made such an impact on him that it completely changed the course of his life. I loved how selfless he was.

I will say this story took me a minute to get into, but once I did I was hooked. I also felt like Juliette could’ve been a tad warmer to Frederick towards the end of the story.

All in all, I highly recommend this beautifully written story and I’m looking forward to reading whatever Amanda Dykes writes next!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. The faith thread is light.
 

BackCover Blurb:
Lucy Clairmont's family treasured the magic of the past, and her childhood fascination with stories of the high seas led her to become a marine archaeologist. But when tragedy strikes, it's Dashel, an American forensic astronomer, and his knowledge of the stars that may help her unearth the truth behind the puzzle she's discovered in her family home.

Two hundred years earlier, the seeds of love are sown between a boy and a girl who spend their days playing in a secret sea cave, while the privileged young son of the estate looks on, wishing to join. As the children grow and war leads to unthinkable heartbreak, a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption unfolds, held secret by the passage of time.

As Lucy and Dash journey to a mysterious old estate on the East Sussex coast, their search leads them to a community of souls and a long-hidden tale that may hold the answers--and the healing--they so desperately seek.


Bethany House Publishers June 2020

Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover and audiobook:
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