February 18, 2014

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littleton

Through the pages of The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, you will get a glimpse of what life was like during the early days of America.  The author, Lori Benton, will have your attention from page one.

The reader is quickly drawn to Tamsen, when you learn that her stepfather, Hezekiah Parrish, is looking for the highest bidder to sell his stepdaughter to.  As Tamsen runs from her stepfather, she lands in the arms of Jesse Bird and the adventure begins!

Tamsen and Jesse are merely looking for a safe place to hide; however, they are having trouble staying more than a few steps ahead of her stepfather. Hezekiah is determined to stop Tamsen from telling anyone that he was the one who killed her mother.

You will definitely enjoy this tale. You will not believe it when the truth finally comes out on the last pages of this book!

I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my unbiased review

February 10, 2014

The PR1ME of Life

PR1ME of Life is the first book by P.D. Bekendam.  This new author is also a practicing eye surgeon.  All proceeds from his book sales will go to fund his work, helping to bring cataract surgery to those in need in developing countries.

The author quietly introduces you to Ben, who is working as a janitor in a retirement center.  What no one knows is that Ben was recently a cardiothoracic surgeon! 

Ben left his practice, after circumstances pushed him into a situation where he was performing emergency heart surgery on his own bother!  When his brother suddenly dies during the surgery, Ben needs a major change in life.  He looks for a place of not stress!  He finds it at Heritage Gardens, where he meets a group of quirky, yet lovable residents.

You will enjoy Ben’s journey as he deals with some very difficult situations.

This was a challenging book for me to read initially; however, midway through, I found myself cheering for positives to come to Ben’s life!  You will be surprised by the end, when he finds the love of his life; however, most importantly, Ben finally understands that God really loves him and is control of all the details of his life!

I received this book from Worthy Publishing in exchange for my unbiased review.

February 8, 2014

It Had to Be You

It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren is the second novel in the Christiansen Family Series.  

It is interesting to be introduced to Eden Christensen’s world.  While Eden is working at a newspaper in Minneapolis, trying to find where her place in this world is; she is also working hard to keep her younger brother, Owen, out of trouble as he is starting his career in the NHL!

During Eden’s attempt to keep the limelight from going to Owen’s head, she meets Jace Jacobsen, the team enforcer.  Jace seems like the perfect person to help keep Owen in line.  Before Eden realizes what is happening, Jace seems to become a central figure in her world!  You won’t believe where he takes her!

Susan May Warren has written another book that you won’t be able to put down.  I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review

February 5, 2014

A February Bride

 A February Bride, the latest novella in the Year of Weddings Series, was written by Betsy St. Amant

The story opens with Allie Andrews in a panic on her wedding day!  She is in the bridal room, in a dress she hates, and all she can think about is how easy it would be to slip off her shoes and run.  AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SHE DOES!

It is now 4 months later.  She hasn't spoken to her best friend, Hannah, since that dreadful day.  Hannah's brother is the groom, whom Allie left at the altar!  When Allie learns that Hannah is engaged herself, she knows she must be there for her friend.

As Allie becomes involved in all the wedding activities, she knows she will eventually cross paths with Marcus Hall, the man she ran from.  You will enjoy this fun tale as Allie and Marcus learn new truths about themselves and each other!

I had not read anything by this author previously; however, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short story by this new author!  I will definitely be looking for her books in the future!

I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my unbiased review



February 1, 2014

A January Bride

A January Bride, from the Year of Wedding Novellas series, is the latest novella by Deborah Raney .  This is a fun short story that tells the tale of Madeleine Houser, a successful author who is having trouble meeting a deadline on her latest novel.  She has no idea what she will find, when she simply goes looking for a quiet place to write!

Madeleine has recently moved to Kansas from New York to be near her ailing mother.  When her home becomes over-crowded with contractors,  trying to update her house; she must find a place to escape and finish her latest novel.  Her elderly neighbor and new friend, Ginny, suggests a local bed & breakfast.

Madeleine problems are solved as she ventures into this quiet spot to gather her thoughts and put them to paper.  She thinks the B&B is owned by an elderly professor, Arthur Tyler, whom she daily communicates with by hand-written notes.  Madeleine's world is turned upside-down when she learns that Arthur is really a young, handsome widower!

This tale has a fun ending as Madeleine finds love where she least expected it!

I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my unbiased review