Friday, October 31, 2014

Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) by Lois Lowry



Blurb:

Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.
As she did in THE GIVER, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.



My Review:

I was completely surprised by this book because I thought we were going to pick up where Jonas' journey ended in book one.  That was not the case at all!  This book is about a girl named Kira and her struggle to survive in a harsh world where her mother has just passed away. Lowry has a talent with her writing; she draws you into the person's life, their dystopian town and haunting life.Most of all she doesn't let you lose interest for one moment.  I was rooting for Kira and her little friend Matt the entire way through. Kira amazed me with her kindness and compassion for others in a time and a world where people didn't act that way at all. What a gift that Lowry shares with her readers! She writes hope, she emotes hope, her characters are hope! People will relate to this book because they will see themselves in Kira. I am told in book three I will find out about Jonas and I am anxious to see how this all ties together!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry, Book Review




Blurb:

"I have great honor," The Giver said. "So will you. But you will find that is not the same as power."

Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment injustice...or choice.

Everyone is the same.

Except Jonas.

At the Ceremony of Twelve, the community's twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life's work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?


My Review:

I had no preconceived ideas about this book. I had heard the title, knew it had been turned into a movie and that was it. I didn't have a clue as to what it was even about. My Mom lent me the book and I read it in one sitting! No joke, I started in the evening and finished around midnight. What is it about The Giver? It drew me in, but a lot of books have done that. There is something else, something I cannot put my finger on; something indescribable. Jonas was who we all want to be! Deep down we all want to share joy and love with others, we all want to share happiness. We all want to be brave, courageous and a hero. I cannot wait to finish the journey with Jonas. 


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Courtship for Cecilia by Ruth J. Hartman, Release Day!!!




Is the chance for love worth the risk of a broken heart?


Cecilia Fletcher yearns for true love with the man of her heart. A life of her own away from her demanding mother would be an added benefit. But in order to do that, Cecilia must live a lie, making it necessary to use a false name in order to hide a family secret.Barrington Radcliff was betrayed by a woman who he thought loved him. Because of that, trust is hard to willingly give. When he meets pretty Cecilia Fleming, his heart wants to give her a chance. Something about her doesn’t ring true, but Barrington allows love to overrule his good judgment.Can Cecilia and Barrington get past their hurt and secrets long enough to find true love?


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Ruse & Romance by S.G. Rogers, Book Review



Blurb:

Unjustly labeled a flirt, Kitty Beaucroft is in need of a fiancé. Lord Philip Butler’s father wants him to settle down before he can become a landowner. With no intention of following through, Kitty and Philip enter into a temporary engagement as a means to an end. Unfortunately, someone knows the truth and is determined to expose them. Will the ruse turn into a romance before it’s too late?


My Review:


Rogers never disappoints! Once again she has written a wonderful regency romance and this one has little twists and turns I didn't see coming! I loved Kitty's character, that she was not just beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well. That is certainly rare for the time period! There is so much I want to say but can't because it will spoil the book, so just buy it already and read it!!! If you are a regency fan, cozy up in your favorite reading spot because you will not stop until you have finished this book! 


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Refuge From the Storm by Boyd K. Packer, LDS Blog Tour



Blurb:

In our tempestuous day, where can we turn for refuge
It is no surprise to anyone familiar with prophecy that the latter days are stormy ones. "We live in a very dangerous world that threatens those things that are most spiritual," writes President Boyd K. Packer. "The adversary is about. His objective is to cause injury."
But there is a place of strength and peace, a true refuge from the storm. In this powerful book, President Packer discusses the priesthood, the family, and the Church, three important forces that, working together, create a haven from the world. "The gospel of Jesus Christ enables individuals to become exalted by being part of eternal families," he writes. "The gospel contains the purpose, the doctrine, and the plan. The priesthood is the power and the authority. The Church has the means and organization. The exalted, eternal family is the end of the gospel plan."
This apostolic counsel will help you build an unshakable foundation for eternity by strengthening your understanding of core doctrine regarding the priesthood, the family, and the Church.

My Review:
I always enjoy listening to President Packer or reading his words.  A Refuge From the Storm was no exception! There are three sections to this book:  The Priesthood, The Family, and The Church. Everything is taken from previous talks he has given in various settings.  This book is the kind that you learn from as you read.  Each talk in each section can be read as time allows in your life.  I could hear in my mind President Packer's voice reading the words to me.  This is definitely a book that you will learn more about the doctrine of the church from.  If we take what is taught in the book we can feel peace in the midst of the storm of life raging around us.

About the Author:

BOYD K. PACKER, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been a member of that quorum since 1970 and a General Authority since 1961. Immediately prior to that, he was the supervisor of seminaries and institutes for the Church. He is a former president of the New England States Mission.
President Packer was born in Brigham City, Utah. He served as a pilot in the United States Air Force during World War II and later obtained his doctorate in education from Brigham Young University. He is the author of several best-selling books, including The Holy Temple, That All May Be Edified, and Teach Ye Diligently.
He and his wife, Donna Edith Smith Packer, are the parents of ten children.


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.


Source:  Publisher for review


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Visions of Hope by Annie Henrie, LDS Blog Tour



Blurb:

The most fundamental questions in our lives—questions about where we came from, why we are here, and where we are gonig—are answered when we have a true understanding of the plan of salvation. Now, our understanding is deepened and enlivened by this beautifully illustrated depiction of God's eternal plan for His children. In her unique, richly textured style, fine artist Annie Henrie offers a visual interpretations of the plan of salvation, including pre-earth life, the Creation, the Fall of Adam and Eve, life on earth, the spirit world, the Atonement and the Resurrection, and the kingdoms of glory. Accompanied by text from the scriptures, each exquisite image testifies of God's love for us and of His plan of happiness.


My Review:

I love the illustrations in this book!  They are beautiful and inspiring!  I tried this out as a Family Home Evening lesson.  It outlines the plan of salvation in the first few pages and then the following pages break it down step by step with correlating scripture and illustration.  I personally loved it!  The younger kids lasted about halfway through and by then their attention was lost on it.  But as an adult I loved how each page how everything was put together and that is had the scripture to explain each part of the plan.  This is an excellent resource for the plan of salvation that anyone would enjoy!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.


About the Author:

ANNIE HENRIE graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Brigham Young University in April 2012, and since the age of sixteen she has shown her work in galleries, including Bronze Coast Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon; Authentique Gallery in St. George, Utah; and Deseret Book stores. Annie grew up in Bountiful, Utah, and is the daughter of Cary and Sauni Henrie. Her father, also a professional artist, has taught his daughter how to paint and draw since she was in kindergarten. Annie’s work is inspired by her experiences serving as a missionary in southern England and studying Renaissance art in Italy. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Source:  Publisher for review

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Miracles of Jesus Spotlight, Blog Tour

 


About this book:

Foreseen by prophets before Jesus' birth, witnesses by many during his life, and read about by millions since, the miracles of Jesus are a distinguishing aspect of his mortal ministry.
Both then and now, these miracles are powerful witnesses that Jesus is the Christ, God's anointed servant and the Savior of mankind. He performed many miracles ranging from feeding multitudes to giving sight to the blind and restoring life and health to the infirm.
But these miracles were more than just blessings to the individuals involved. Each one contains symbols that teach us about Jesus, his atonement, and the greater miracles that he can work in the lives of all of us.
In The Miracles of Jesus, author Eric D. Huntsman blends perceptive doctrinal insights with historical context, literary analysis, and specific personal application. His exploration of the meaning and symbolism of each of the Savior's miracles shows us how they can bless us in the challenges we ourselves face today. Here, for example, he draws connections between the devils the Savior cast out and the demons we or loved ones may face in overcoming addiction or recovering from abuse. And we see in a new way how the promise inherent in Christ's raising of Lazarus and the daughter of Jairus can comfort us at the death of someone we love.
Fine-art paintings and musical meditations enhance our experience by illustrating Jesus' miracles and their power. Photographs of sites in the Holy Land where many of the miracles were performed give us a sense of place, reinforcing the fact that they really happened.
Through these inspirational means, we find that the miracles Jesus performed in New Testament times can become a springboard to the miracles that continue to occur in our own lives—transformations made possible through the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Huntsman knows his way around the library when it comes to the New Testament. He speaks authoritatively about Greek and Latin roots, he has a clear grasp of both textual and historical criticism. The result is a compelling book that is equal parts devotional and scholarly. There is much that will challenge us intellectually and invite us to read deeply. All of the miracles point directly to the greatest miracle of all: Christ’s Atonement, with its victory over both spiritual and physical decay.” - Michael Austin


About the Author:

ERIC D. HUNTSMAN is an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, where he serves as the coordinator of the Ancient Near Eastern Studies program in the Kennedy Center for International Studies and is affiliated with the Classics program. After graduating from BYU in classical Greek and Latin, he earned a Ph.D. in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the BYU faculty in 1994.
The author of the acclaimed God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior’s Life and Good Tidings of Great Joy: An Advent Celebration of the Savior’s Birth, both from Deseret Book, Dr. Huntsman has also published numerous articles on the New Testament and the writings of John.
He served as a full-time missionary in the Thailand Bangkok Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and as a bishop in Provo, Utah. Brother Huntsman is an ordinance worker in the Provo Utah Temple and sings in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He and his wife, Elaine Scott Huntsman, are the parents of two children.

You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.

Happy Reading!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

How Do I Know If I Know by John Bytheway, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!



Blurb:


It's spiritual gut-check time! The mission age has been lowered, and now more than ever, young people are asking themselves important questions:
  • How do I know if I really have a testimony?
  • Am I ready to serve a mission?
  • What does the Spirit feel like?
John Bytheway suggests that we "F.E.E.L." the truthfulness of the gospel through our feelings, our experiences, the many evidences we encounter, and our logical conclusions about how a loving God interacts with His children on the earth. Like gradually turning up a dimmer switch, understanding all the ways we F.E.E.L. our testimony will help it grow brighter.
As you read, you may discover that your testimony is stronger than you thought, and you'll also become more excited and motivated to let your light shine!

My Review:
This is a great book about recognizing your own testimony!  While geared towards teenagers, anyone who reads How Do I Know If I Know can benefit from it.  I found myself itching for a highlighter because there were so many great ideas of how to recognize what you believe and what you know.  Bytheway uses F.E.E.L (feelings, experiences, evidences, logic) to help the reader identify where they are in their own journey to knowing. One of my favorite quotes from the book; "A testimony, like a light, needs a constant flow of power. Pray every day for the feelings, experiences, evidences, and logic that will feed your soul, and the sunshine in your heart will begin to show in your life." Bytheway has a gift with words that grabbed my attention and kept it.  This is the perfect book to help anyone (especially a teenager) take stock of their own testimony and realize that they know and believe more than they probably realize.  Fun for the "techy" people are the QR codes found at the end of each chapter that link to talks that go along with the topics.  For the "old school" folks, you can still look them up with the provided links online the old-fashioned way.  All in all, I really like Bytheway's style and his book is an easy read that can help any person with their testimony.
You can pick up your own copy here.

Happy Reading!!!

Giveaway!!!

Shadow Mountain Publishing has generously donated a copy of Gladys Knight's newest CD, Where My Heart Belongs and a copy of the recipe book, Dining with the Prophets: Historic Recipes from the Lion House!  To enter is easy!  Follow my blog via GFC and state your user name or 'like' my blog Facebook page.  Just leave a comment stating which one you did with your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner! If you do both they each count as an entry.  If you have a preference for which prize, please state it in your comment.  Two winners will be picked by a random number generator and prizes will mailed out by the publisher. This contest will be open until October 31st and is for USA residents only due to mailing costs!  Good Luck!!!  

(You must be at least 13 to enter.  Blog owner and Shadow Mountain Publishing are in no way liable for prizes unclaimed or not received.)


Source:  Publisher for review


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It Is Better to Look Up Blog Tour!!!



Blurb:


We all love to be taught with stories. The Savior shared many in his ministry, and His prophets and other Church leaders have often emulated that great example. Gospel lessons come alive when they are presented in this way.
It Is Better to Look Up gathers more than fifty of the most memorable personal experiences shared in general conference over the years and pairs them with stunning photographic images. The result is an irresistible volume filled with remarkable true accounts of God's hand in our lives.
You'll love browsing through such gems as "In Harm's Way," by President Thomas S. Monson; "Man Down!" by President Henry B. Eyring; "Lift Where You Stand," by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf; "You Stupid Cow!" by Elder Mervyn B. Arnold; "Worldly Promises," by Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson; and dozens more. These short pieces are perfect for a quick moment of inspiration in a class, a home evening, or personal devotional time. Each one is presented with a scripture to complement the gospel message.
Featuring stories from every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve, plus many additional leaders past and present, this beautifully illustrated book will soon become a family favorite and a precious keepsake.

My Review:

This amazing collection of memorable stories shared from the pulpit brought tears to my eyes and warmth to my soul as I read them.  Some stories were so touching that I would stop whatever my family was doing and insist they listen while I read it to them!  What I really loved about this collection of stories is that each one illustrates an important gospel principle.  Each one teaches a lesson in a way that is easily understood.  People crave personal connections with each other and these stories give us that personal connection.  Like President Monson stated, "It is better to look up!"  and these stories help us to do just that.  I highly recommend this book, it brought joy to my soul!


You can pick up your own copy here.


Happy Reading!!!




Source:  Publisher for review

Monday, October 13, 2014

Shame (Ruin #3) by Rachel Van Dyken, Book Review




Blurb:

Everything done in darkness, will eventually be brought into the light.

I ran, but all it did was keep me one step ahead of my past. I tried to start over; new name, new identity. But you can't change your soul.
A fresh start at college was just what I needed. For a while, it worked. I was the party girl, the one that seemed confident, but it was a lie.
When guys kissed me--I felt only pain. 
When they touched me--Nothing but fear.

Deep inside, every girl wants to be the beauty in the story, to find someone that will see you as their world. 
But the truth? I was the beast. And as much as I wanted redemption, I wasn't fool enough to think I'd ever get it. 
Until he walked into my life.

I wasn't prepared to fall for someone. My scars were too deep, the wounds too raw. But he offered me peace, he offered me security. I should have known it was just another lie--I should have known that falling in love with my professor was a bad idea.
But I was powerless to stop myself from falling. 
And he was powerless to catch me.

Because the darkness finally caught up to me, and as fate would have it, a cruel twist almost bled me dry. But I'm stronger than I knew. I'm stronger than you think.
You think you know my story, but you don't....after all everyone has Shame in their lives-- and I'm no longer afraid to show you mine.


My Review:

Shame is Lisa's story and it isn't for the feint of heart.  Difficult topics are tackled like stalking and living with deep regret.  There are so many layers to Lisa's story and Van Dyken does a wonderful job letting the reader feel the emotions through her written words.  I felt the heart pounding fear, the pain of regrets and the hope of new love.  Van Dyken's talent for pulling a reader in with her story and not letting them go until it is over is unlike any other author I have read.  This is a must read for fans of the Ruin series.

Rating:  language, sexual innuendos and one open door bedroom scene


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  I won an ARC of this book

Friday, October 10, 2014

Focused by Noelle Pikus Pace Blog Tour & Review



Blurb:


Where are your choices leading you? Regardless of our circumstances, each moment presents us with decision to make. It doesn't matter what question, trial, or success we experience—each traces back to a choice. At any given moment, we can choose to doubt, fear, worry; to be prideful, angry, depressed, or miserable—or we can choose to move forward. We can choose to be a light. We can choose to be happy. The choice is always ours, and each choice can be a step forward on the path of life we want for ourselves.
The life lessons learned by Olympic athlete Noelle Pikus Pace can equip each of us to turn daily choices and challenges into opportunities for growth. In her warm and relatable style, Noelle shares touching personal stories and teaches how these experiences can help us keep a healthy perspective on the things that matter most. She helps us to see that though all of our goals and trials are different, we each can choose to become the best versions of ourselves one day at a time.
Covering topics from letting go of expectations and pressures to finding a healthy life balance, from standing up for ourselves to standing for righteousness, world champion Noelle Pikus Pace infuses readers with the enthusiasm and confidence to get a little closer to their goals each and every day.



My Review:

I was taken by surprise by how much I ended up loving this book!  Not only does Pikus Pace tell her incredible journey towards an Olympic medal, but she helps the reader understand that in life it isn't about what circumstances you are given but how you choose to react to what life hands out.  Focused is about not only about concentrating on your goals in life, but about being positive and standing up for who you are and what you believe in, no matter the situation.  Pikus Pace fills her book with encouragement, personal stories and uplifting quotes and poems that have helped her throughout her journey.  I found myself feeling encouraged and I came away with a feeling that I can do whatever I put my mind to if I am focused and work hard towards that goal.  I also came away with a sense that I need to be the one reaching out to others and making a difference, not waiting for someone to reach out to me.  I can't say enough about how this book filled me up with positive feelings and an "I can do this"  attitude!  Bravo to Pikus Pace for not only an inspiring book but for living an inspiring life and sharing it with others!



Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.


Source:  Publisher for review

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hit by Lorie Ann Grover, New Release & Review!



Blurb:

After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah's future is all laid out before her—that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket—one that will declare her feelings once and for all.

Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah's attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning.

But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her."

My Review:

The summary of this book caught my interest and I was fortunate to receive and ARC of the book.  I have never read anything from Grover before and was pleasantly surprised at how her writing style was easy to read, keeping my interest until the very last page.  Hit is written from two perspectives; Sarah's and Hadding's.  As a reader I appreciated being able to read each person's perspective and I felt like I understood so much more of what they were feeling and thinking.  It helped round out the story so much more.  Hit is a gripping and emotional read that spans a three day period.  I couldn't put it down until I was done.  I find myself reflecting on the story because the characters and their actions have left an impression.  Everyone should read Hit!  It makes you realize how quickly life can change in an instant and how forgiveness is sometimes easier said than done.


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review

Monday, October 6, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

Thirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson, Blog Tour & Giveaway


Spinster Tour



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Thirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson


Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her job, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.
With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.
But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?

My Review:

Thirty-Two Going on Spinster is a fun and cute read that made me smile and laugh!  Julia is convinced she is a spinster since she has lived in her parents' basement for the last ten years and hasn't had a date in who knows when.  In her mind she has a sad and pathetic spinster life and feels powerless to change it.  She loves to bake and she hasn't exercised since college!  Her job as an assistant to an accountant at a computer company is boring and unfulfilling to say the least!  Until the hot new hire enters the scene!  Now Julie and her friend Brown really have something to gossip about!  But Julia doesn't believe that Jared, the new hottie at work, would ever be interested in her!  Why, she is a self-proclaimed spinster!  So if you want a fun and light read without too much of the baggage, then this is the book for you!


Purchase your copy for just $2.99!!

  Praise for Thirty-Two Going on... Spinster   "Oh my, oh my. I have just finished wiping the tears of laughter from my eyes. This is seriously funny." ~Julie Darley (Never judge a Book by its Movie) "This was a refreshing change of pace for me to read. Some good clean romance was found in it’s pages and that is a rare find these days. It was some great chick-lit. I would not have thought this was Becky’s debut book, it was so well done." ~Liberty Ann (SnifferWalkBooks)    

Becky Monson

Author Becky Monson

By day, Becky Monson is a mother of three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful time will last... But it probably won't. Becky runs a large book club on Facebook called "This Chick Reads".  


    Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 10/12/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Betraying Ever After by Kelly Martin, New Release!!! Spotlight & Review!

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!





Blurb:

The first time Vaughan Wexley, Earl of Brighton, eyes the blonde beauty from atop the balcony, he is taken. Once he confronts her, he finds himself in love. The mysterious woman seems out of place in the regular sea of husband nabbing debutantes. She posses a gentle spirit, wide-eyed innocence, and-- his favorite quality-- cascading golden waves around her elegant shoulders. In need of a wife of noble blood, Vaughan believes his search has ended.

Emma Hartwell's only mission at the ball is to deliver a message to the host from her employer. In and out. That's the plan until she sees beautiful sights she's only dreamed of and hears wonderful music that touches her soul. Dressed up as a noble woman by the young housemaid Elizabeth and knowing she'll never get this opportunity again, Emma lingers longer than she intended. Her amazement with the grandeur allows the devilishly handsome Lord Brighton to steal her attention and sweep her off her feet. He is a charming man who is obviously taken with her. Emma's heart doesn't stand a chance. If only she could tell him the truth.

An earl in need of an honorable wife.

A servant in love with a man she can't have.

An evil plan that was set in motion years ago coming to fruition.

Can love conquer betrayal? Or will Emma's fairytale end at midnight?

A Cinderella re-telling.



My Review:

I have read a LOT of regencies and I have read a LOT of Cinderella re-tellings, but none, I repeat NONE can compare to Betraying Ever After.  Martin weaves an amazing tale of revenge, lies and betrayal that I could not help but become caught up in!  If you think that you know how the story will turn out, you will be wrong!  You cannot possibly guess each different turn the story will take and the emotions are portrayed so well that as I reader I was almost in tears at points!  I feel like whatever I write about Betraying Ever After will be inadequate to express how awesome this book was.  I could not put it down and I could not stop thinking about it!  Every detail is woven together seamlessly and the characters came to life right before my eyes!  Two days later, I am still thinking about Betraying Ever After!  I can see it all in my head like a movie.  If you want the best re-telling of Cinderella (in my opinion, and I have read a lot of fairy tale re-tellings), then pick this book up!  But be prepared to sit for a long while because you will not be able to put it down until you finish the last page!  Bravo to Martin who has transitioned to the fairy tale world beautifully!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon!



Source:  Author for review

Cub Creek by Grace Greene, Book Spotlight & Review



Blurb:

In the heart of Virginia, where the forests shelter secrets and the creeks run strong and deep ~ 

Libbie Havens doesn’t need anyone. She’s fine on her own. When she chances upon the secluded house on Cub Creek she purchases it. She’ll show her cousin Liz, and other doubters, that she can rise above her past and live happily and successfully on her own terms. 

Libbie has emotional problems born of a troubled childhood. Raised by a grandmother she could never please, Libbie is more comfortable not being comfortable with people. She knows she’s different from most. She has special gifts, or curses, but are they real? Or are they products of her history and dysfunction? 

At Cub Creek Libbie makes friends and even attracts the romantic interest of two local men, Dan Wheeler and Jim Mitchell. Relationships with her cousin and other family members improve dramatically and Libbie experiences true happiness—until a tragedy occurs. 

Having lost the good things gained at Cub Creek, Libbie must find a way out her troubles, to finally rise above them and seize control of her life and future, or risk losing everything, including herself.



My Review:

Cub Creek is a book unlike any other I have read recently! Greene drew me in with the descriptive details of the Cub Creek home and scenery. I wanted to be there on the porch watching the entire story unfold! The whole story has this otherworldly feeling, I was never white sure what was going to unfold next! I loved Libbie and silently cheered her on as she made changes and learned to believe in herself! If you enjoy a mysterious clean read with beautiful scenery while a great story unfolds, then Cub Creek is the book that you want! 



Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Author for review

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer in New York Collection


Blurb:

In USA Today bestselling author Janette Rallison’s delightful novella, JOB HAZARDS, Lydia Robinson is posing as a prostitute. Undercover of course. Lydia’s job as a police officer hasn’t reeled in her prince charming yet. That is, until Harrison Aldridge, old high school flame, pulls up to the corner to rescue the fallen damsel. Lydia can’t exactly give Harrison the truth without blowing her cover, and it takes a series of mishaps and another whole set of misunderstandings before Lydia will even consider letting Harrison back into her life. 

In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, A TASTE OF SUN, Winona Grant embarks on a summer-long visit to NYC to house-sit for her great-aunt after a nasty break-up with her boyfriend Paul. But when her aunt commissions neighbor Steve Monti to tour Winona around, they strike a deal. Winona has too many deadlines to play tourist, and Steve is looking for a distraction from his looming gallery opening. So Steve goes on the tours by himself, and Winona reports back to her aunt as if she’d gone too. The longer this happens, the more Winona wants to change her mind. Seeing the city with Steve might be the perfect solution to forgetting about Paul. 

In Luisa Perkins’s sweet romance novella, DULCE DE LECHE, Marisol is desperate for another nanny job after being unfairly fired from her previous position. She has only two more semesters of college, but she’s too proud to ask her wealthy parents for financial help. When her potential new employer, a single father working long hours as an anesthesiologist, decides she’s too young and pretty to hire, she practically begs him for the job. Darius finally agrees, and as he watches her work miracles with his Asperger’s son, he realizes there is much more to Marisol than he first believed. 

In TAKE A CHANCE, a captivating story by Sarah M. Eden, Miguel Santos has a stopover in New York. When the announcement of delayed flights comes over the PA system, Miguel is looking at spending several hours at the airport. Determined to get comfortable for the long wait, he’s surprised when he spies a familiar face amongst the stranded passengers: Jane Schoonenburg, the last person he expected to see. Three months have passed since he asked Jane to marry him—three months of misery. And now he knows that he must talk to her, if only to find out why she broke his heart. 

Annette Lyon’s entrancing novella, FIRSTS AND LASTS, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home. 

In Lisa Mangum’s whimsically titled story: &, Lucy is riding a wave of success at having found a bestselling novel in the slush pile at an exclusive New York publishing house. If only her personal life was storybook perfect as well. Her relationship with Devon is on the rocks, and even though she's been put in charge of the house while her boss is gone on business, Lucy isn't sure she's up to the task. It will take a chance encounter with a handsome wordsmith to help Lucy claim the courage that has always been a part of her heart.


My Review:

First I have to say that I love these anthologies, they are what I turn to when I need something to read I know I will like!  These six stories are all different and fun!  They all take place in New York City and made me want to go to the Big Apple and see all the sights and sounds for myself!  Rallison's Job Hazards had me laughing, cringing and hoping for a happily ever after!  Moore's A Taste of Sun had me rooting for the underdog!  Perkin's Dulce De Leche was fun while having a serious undertone, I appreciated the juxtaposition. Ah and then there is Eden's Take A Chance; it was just what I needed! Miguel was so sweet and I loved the Broadway bit!  Lyon's Firsts and Lasts was poignant and had me thinking about dreams and how important they can be in life.  And last there is & by Mangum.  I think this one has to be my overall favorite!  I just felt a connection to the out of the way printing shop, the art of words and books.  My inner book loving soul connected to this story and I truly enjoyed it.  Altogether this is a wonderful collection of short stories that I zipped right through!


Happy Reading!!!


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