Sweet on You – A Bradford Sisters Romance by Becky Wade

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This book totally exceeded my expectations!

Sweet on You went in a direction I never imagined and I loved it!

There’s romance!  Mystery!  Suspense!  Chocolate!  Grandma!  Clint!  Valentina!

Honestly, guys…I can’t even.  Spoilers and such.  So good!!

This was so great.  So, so great!

Do.  Not.  Miss.  This.  Book!

Sweet on You is available April 30th.  Visit www.christianbook.com to preorder today! 

Side note – Bonus points to Becky Wade for mentioning The Masters Tournament in this book (which, by the way, is only 21 days away at the time of this posting!)


I received a complimentary advanced electronic copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson

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What a delightful, absolutely wonderful read!

This was just lovely!  So enjoyable!

George Emerson’s life is completely flipped upside down when Willow West steamrolls her way into his tidy existence.  It’s a funny and heartwarming story.  It’s also touching and honest during the tough stuff.

Courting Mr. Emerson has a wonderful cast with relatable leads and strong secondary characters.  This is an easy read, great for a relaxing weekend.

I happily recommend this book!  If you’re a fan of Melody Carlson or you enjoy sweet romances, you’ll definitely enjoy Courting Mr. Emerson!  It’s available now – visit www.christianbook.com for details!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher as part of the Revell Reads Blog Tour program.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are completely my own.

Hearts in Harmony – An Amish Journey by Beth Wiseman

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Hearts in Harmony is another winner for Beth Wiseman!

I absolutely enjoyed this story!

The four lead characters – Mary, Levi, Natalie and Adeline – form an unlikely and beautiful bond.  The way the Amish take care of their friends in need is so selfless and special – this story will tug at your heartstrings!

I won’t say much because of spoilers, but something happened towards the end of the book and I actually said, “Wait, what?” out loud.  To an empty room.

This is a series you will definitely want to read in order.  The story will continue in the next book, Listening to Love, due out this fall.  (Preorder at Christian Book Distributors today!)

I absolutely recommend this book!  If you’re a fan of Amish fiction and Beth Wiseman’s work, you’ll want to pick up Hearts in Harmony!  It’s available, tomorrow Tuesday, March 12.  Visit  www.ChristianBook.com for details!

I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Almost Home by Valerie Fraser Luesse

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Back Cover:
With America’s entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam’s munitions plants–and they’re bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler’s grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse.

An estranged young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war–they’re all hoping Dolly’s house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own.

When tragedy strikes, Dolly’s only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before.


My Review:

I’ve got mixed feelings about this one.

First, the good.  I really enjoyed the characters.  They were warm, relatable and realistic.  Good, kind people.  Dolly’s voice rang loud and clear – she was a perfect mother hen for the group!  The friendships formed were strong and beautiful.  I enjoyed the setting and time period.  I was happy to watch a romance between two of the characters develop naturally and believably.  

Now, for the not so good.  This story didn’t have much of a plot at first.  (This does improve later in the book.)  The faith content is light.  One of the female characters used the word “dang” a lot – an awful lot.  This isn’t the worst word in the world, but it was used so much that it became a huge distraction.  There was an intimate scene between a married couple, and later, mentions of their “love nest” and when to avoid walking in on said couple.  Finally, the sensual diary entries shared from a mysterious woman’s journal really spoiled the story.

I almost didn’t finish this one, but I was interested to read about Reed’s struggles with PTSD after the war.  He was definitely my favorite character, and I was happy with how his story wrapped up.  I was also pretty pleased with the last 20 or so pages – there was a big surprise that led up to a really good ending!

Almost Home is a blend of mystery, historical women’s fiction and romance.  While this book wasn’t my favorite, if the plot sounds interesting, it might be a good fit for you.

To learn more about and purchase Almost Home, visit Christian Book Distributors .

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program.  A positive review was not required.  This is my honest opinion.

 

 

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

Note:  This review was originally published on Goodreads in July 2017.  This is the first time it’s been shared on my blog.

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This book is very, very well written!  The storyline grabbed my attention from the very first page!  It was easy to read and visualize the characters and the setting.

The weaving of flashbacks and present day was excellent!  Both Lane and Ryan dealt with disappointments growing up and their flashbacks were heartbreaking – Lane’s especially.  We were showed how those disappointments set them on the path for their adult lives.

I enjoyed how the story unfolded in layers.  Bit by bit, we were given hints as to what had happened and not bombarded with a history on each character all at once.  I loved this!

The themes of faith, love, and forgiveness all played an important role in the story.  I was very happy with the outcome for each characters we met!

SPOILER: * * * * Highlight the white text within the brackets to read
[ I liked how Nate, a character in a coma for the majority of the book, had so much impact on the story. What a fabulous character! ] * * * * END SPOILER
Five stars!  It was so, so good!  I can’t wait for more from Courtney Walsh!
I borrowed a copy of Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh from the local public library in July 2017.  A review was not required or requested.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Since writing the above review, I’ve enjoyed other books by Courtney Walsh!  Click below to see my thoughts on:
Just Let Go
Things Left Unsaid

I’m looking forward to her next book in the Harbor Pointe series, due out later this year!

Comment Below:  What’s your favorite Courtney Walsh book?

 

Thanks for stopping by!
~ JenGalaxy4

February 2019 Recap

I’m rounding out the month a few days early!  Here’s my recap of February 2019!

Reviews:
The Forgiving Jar by Wanda Brunstetter
The Sky Above Us – Sunrise at Normandy Series by Sarah Sundin
A Faithful Gathering – Sisters of Lancaster County by Leslie Gould
Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep
Who I Am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher
The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel

Spotlight:
Spotlight: February 1, 2019 New Releases
Spotlight: February 5, 2019 New Releases
SPOTLIGHT: New Bethany House Book Covers!

Review Schedule:
Upcoming Reviews February – June 2019

For The Love of Books Instagram Challenge – Hosted by Bethany House Publishers
Visit my Instagram JenGalaxy4 on Instagram and search for #BHPBookLoveChallenge

Goodreads Reading Challenge Tally:  16/60 (at time of writing)

Favorite Book Read in the Month of February: 
It’s a tie! 

Who I Am With You
by Robin Lee Hatcher and The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin

March Sneak Peek:
Hearts in Harmony
by Beth Wiseman Releases March 12!  Review to come!

Currently Reading:
I just finished Hearts in Harmony by Beth Wiseman yesterday and have yet to pick a new book!  Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Goodreads to see what I choose to read next!  Links are at the top of the page!

Comment below:  What was your favorite book in February?

Thanks for stopping by!  See you again soon!
~Jen

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The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel

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The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel is a story of strength, accepting change and following your heart.

Ginny, Sophia and Emily are relatable characters, each with a unique story to share.  Emily’s storyline intrigued me the most and she was easy to root for!  This novel weaves together romance, mystery and friendship wonderfully!

If you enjoy the beautiful friendships that come from contemporary women’s fiction, then The Secrets of Paper and Ink is the book for you!  Preorder your copy today at Christian Book Distributors.  Release day is next Tuesday, February 26th.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and Harper Collins Christian Publishing through the BookLook Blogger Program. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

Who I Am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher

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I’ll start off by saying that Ridley Chesterfield has got to be the coolest name for a male lead, ever!

Who I Am With You was so warm and gentle, handling a difficult topic with grace.  This story was so full of hope and comfort.  I can’t say enough good things about this book!  It was sweet.  Heartwarming.  Heartbreaking.  It was filled with grace.  Forgiveness.  Faith.  Hope.  Love.

God’s love.

This is the first book I’ve read by Robin Lee Hatcher and her writing is beautiful.  I’m instantly a fan!

Who I Am With You is the first book in the Legacy of Faith series.  The second book, Cross My Heart , is available on June 25th.  I will absolutely be reading it!

To purchase your own copy of  Who I Am With You, and you totally should, visit Christian Book Distributors .

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local public library.  A review was not requested.  Opinions expressed are my own.

Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep

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Ladies of Intrigue is a collection of three novellas by award-winning author Michelle Griep.  Each novella has been published in previous Barbour collections and are now repackaged under a pretty, new cover!

Included in this collection:
The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
The Doctor’s Woman
House of Secrets

Michelle Griep has a beautiful way with words!  This collection was nice introduction to her style!

Ladies of Intrigue is available now!  Visit Christian Book Distributors for details.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

SPOTLIGHT: New Bethany House Book Covers!

EEEEEEEK!!

(That may have been me you heard shrieking as some cover reveals happened this week.)

The folks at Bethany House Publishers come up with the most fantastic covers for their equally fantastic books.  Some of my favorite authors released covers for their upcoming books – here’s a peek at a few!

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Regina Jennings will conclude her Fort Reno series with The Major’s Daughter in December 2019.  If you’ve kept up with the series (and if you haven’t, why not??) you will be familiar with the heroine, Caroline Adams.  I am so excited to read her story!

For my reviews on the entire series so far, click on the links below!
Holding the Fort (Book 1)
Bound and Determined (Book 1.5 from the Hearts Entwined Novella Collection)
The Lieutenant’s Bargain (Book 2)

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Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings and Jen Turano have novellas in the same book!?  And, I get to try out a Tracie Peterson story for the first time?!  How cool is this!?  I’m looking forward to the Serving Up Love Novella Collection which releases on November 5th!

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My jaw hit the floor when I saw this cover!  It’s so unique and detailed and perfect.  And, it’s the second book in Jen Turano’s fantastic new series, American Heiresses.  Diamond in the Rough releases on September 3rd!

My review on this first book in this series can be found by clicking the link below!
Flights of Fancy – American Heiresses Series by Jen Turano

I love pretty book covers, don’t you?  Comment below – which cover catches your eye?

Thanks for visiting!
~ Jen