A Reluctant Belle by Beth White

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A Reluctant Belle – The Daughtry House Series Book Two
Beth White
Revell, A Division of Baker Publishing
Release Day:  June 4, 2019

What I Liked:
*  Joelle’s personality
*  The Daughtry family dynamics
*  The setting was vividly written

Unfortunately, there were too many characters and the plot was too busy.  Once I hit the halfway point (page 194), I did not finish reading it.

To see reviews from those who completed the book, visit A Reluctant Belle on Goodreads.

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

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All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

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All Manner of Things has instantly found its place on my keeper shelf!

Captivating me immediately were the beautiful, well-developed characters.  I loved how this story was shared by combining Annie’s point of view with letters written among the family.  It was easy to get lost in this book.

This novel is set during one of the most trying times in recent history – the Vietnam War.  Yet there was so much hope in this story.  It was honest, inspiring and touched me deeply.

This is a book I didn’t know I needed.  No question – one of my favorites for 2019!

Five Dazzling Stars!  I totally recommend this book!  To purchase your copy, visit Christian Book Distributors.

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

More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

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If you’re a fan of rugged, kind of grumpy heroes, then More Than Words Can Say is the book for you!

The characters in this book were great!!  Though very different from each other, Zach and Abby balanced each other quite nicely.  Abby’s sister, Rosalind, was an instant favorite!  Additionally, this wouldn’t be a Karen Witemeyer book without a great villain!

More Than Words Can Say was filled with humor, surprising twists, faith and romance.  This is a marriage of convenience story and the stumbles and awkwardness the characters face as they get to know each other delivered a sweet result!

I happily recommend this fun book!!  To purchase More Than Words Can Say, visit Christian Book Distributors!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Karen Witemeyer and Bethany House Publishers.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are completely my own.

Finding Love on Bainbridge Island, Washington by Annette M. Irby

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Just look at the grin on her face!  This cover is too cute!

Finding Love on Bainbridge Island, Washington is the Selah Award winning second book in the Washington Island Romance Collection by Annette M. Irby.  I’m totally reading this series in backwards order and I can confidently say you can read this book as a standalone novel!

The characters are definitely relatable with strong, unique voices.  Liam is a wonderful male lead.  I felt I got to know him really well over the course of the book.  I also enjoyed Auntie Mat and her theatrics – she was so much fun!

This lovely story of second chances is filled with faith, forgiveness, redemption, gentle romance and a handful of surprise twists.  Reminders of God’s love are expressed beautifully across the pages of this story.

I’m so glad I read this!  I recommend Finding Love on Bainbridge Island, Washington to fans of contemporary romances with a Christian worldview.  I’m looking forward to reading more inspirational romances by Annette M. Irby!

To learn more about this series, visit the publisher at www.mountainbrookink.com .

 

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local public library.  A review was not required nor requested.  All opinions expressed are completely my own.

Now and Then and Always – A Maple Valley Romance by Melissa Tagg

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I love small, quirky towns.  I love a good B&B setting in a small, quirky town.  Toss in a renovation of the B&B in the small, quirky town?

Yeah, I pretty much loved Now and Then and Always!!

Set in lovable Maple Valley, Now and Then and Always is a fabulous blend of romance, mystery and faith.  The characters are layered and relatable.  The supporting cast was exceptionally strong, and the friendships made in this story were wonderful! 

Before reading Now and Then and Always, I’d only read novellas by Melissa Tagg (see those reviews here! and here! ) so I was excited to see how a full length novel would play out.  Honestly, guys…this was perfect!

This is a deep story and the lead characters, Marshall and Mara, have major hurts in their past.  You feel those hurts right along with them.  Yet, there is so much hope in their stories, you never feel down-and-out while reading this book.  I found it to be rather uplifting!  Melissa Tagg’s storytelling is a gift!

I’m so glad this was the start of a new series!  The promise of more stories set in Maple Valley is real and I can’t wait for more!

Oh, and may I add that I’m sitting here eating a bowl of Lucky Charms while I type this review.  Well, maybe they’re generic store brand “Magic Stars” but, hey – still counts.  Why do I mention this beloved breakfast cereal?  You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Five Shining Stars!  I oh-so-absolutely recommend this book!  To purchase your copy of Now and Then and Always, visit www.Amazon.com

 

I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author.  A positive review was not required.  Opinions expressed are completely my own.

Spotlight: June 4, 2019 New Releases

Today is a HUGE day for Christian fiction!! So many books are hitting the shelves today!

Take a look!

New from Bethany House Publishers:

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More Than Words Can Say(Second in a series)
Karen Witemeyer
I’m on the launch team for this release and I couldn’t be more excited!!
(Currently reading – review to come!)

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The Number of Love(First in a new series!)
Roseanna M. White

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A Reluctant Bride (First in a new series!)
Jody Hedlund

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Wherever You Go (Second in a series!)
Tracie Peterson
(Seriously, the covers for this series are awesome!!)

New from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing:

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All Manner of Things
Susie Finkbeiner
I will be reviewing this book as part of the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program!

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A Reluctant Belle (Second in a series!)
Beth White
I will be reviewing this book as part of the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program!

New from Waterbrook Multnomah Fiction:

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The King’s Mercy
Lori Benton

New from Zondervan:

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The Farmer’s Bride (Second in a series!)
Kathleen Fuller
See my review here!

New from Barbour Publishing:

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The Brides of the Big Valley
Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter
I’ve received a copy to review, so watch for that soon!

 

Whew! If you thought today was jam packed, the entire month of June is filled with fantastic releases! My summer is booked! Subscribe so you’re notified of when these Spotlight New Releases posts are live!

Comment below: Which book releasing today is on your TBR?

Thanks for stopping by!
~JenGalaxy4

May 2019 Recap

May reading/reviewing is complete!  Once again…here we go!

Reviews:
The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport
A Place to Belong – A Maple Valley Novella by Melissa Tagg
My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren
A Cuppa Trouble – The CafFUNated Mysteries Book Two by Angela Ruth Strong
On a Summer Tide – Three Sisters Island Book One by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner
No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky
The Farmer’s Bride – The Brides of Birch Creek Book Two by Kathleen Fuller

Special Features:
April 2019 Recap
Cover Reveal – A Cuppa Trouble by Angela Ruth Strong
Spotlight: May 21 New Releases
Spotlight: Release Day – Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg


Goodreads Reading Challenge Tally:
  38/60 (at time of writing)

Favorite Book Read in the Month of May:
I declare a tie!  Two favorites this month:  On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg.  (Links above for details on these great books!)

June Sneak Peek:
June is so full of amazing new releases I can’t pick just one!  Be sure to visit this blog regularly because June 2019 is going to be filled with reviews on brand new releases in Christian fiction!

Currently Reading:
Finding Love on Bainbridge Island, Washington by Annette M. Irby

 

Comment below:  What was your favorite book in May?

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

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The Farmer’s Bride – The Brides of Birch Creek Book Two by Kathleen Fuller

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Stories from Kathleen Fuller’s Amish community of Birch Creek just keep getting better and better!

The Farmer’s Bride is the second book in the Amish Brides of Birch Creek series.  Martha and Seth’s story is filled with humor, tenderness and the sweetest romance!  We’re also introduced to Nina, Levi and Delilah Stoll – characters we will see again in the next book.

This is a well-crafted story and if you’re a fan of Kathleen Fuller’s books, you won’t be disappointed!  I absolutely recommend this book!

The Farmer’s Bride is available soon – Tuesday, June 4th!  Visit www.christianbook.com and preorder today!

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

Spotlight: Release Day – Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg

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It’s another great day for Christian fiction!  There’s a new Melissa Tagg book out on the shelves!  Now and Then and Always is the first book in a new series set in lovable Maple Valley!

Here’s some info!

Back Cover Blurb – from Goodreads:
Last year, after traumatic circumstances forced her from her job as a nanny, Mara Bristol finally found a place to belong—the winsome Everwood Bed & Breakfast at the edge of Maple Valley, Iowa. For months, she’s helped its owner, Lenora, maintain the ramshackle property despite their shortage of guests. But when Lenora fails to return from a month-long trip and the bank threatens foreclosure, Mara worries she’s once again alone . . . abandoned . . . about to lose the only true home she’s ever known.

Detective Marshall Hawkins is no closer to whole today than he was two years ago . . . the day his daughter died. Between his divorce, debilitating migraines, and a dependence on medication, his life is falling apart. And when a reckless decision on the job propels him into administrative leave, he has no other plan but to get in his truck and drive. A one-night stay at the Everwood was supposed to be just that. But there’s something about the old house—or maybe its intriguing caretaker—that pulls him in.

Together, Mara and Marshall set out to save the Everwood. But its secrets run deeper than they could’ve imagined. As they renovate the house and search for its missing owner, they’ll each confront the pain that brought them to the Everwood in the first place . . . and just maybe discover a faith and love to help them carry on.

I was honored to receive an advanced review copy of the book – and I absolutely loved it!  It’s a five-star read you won’t want to miss!  My formal review will be posted soon!  I just couldn’t let today’s release day go by without sharing the wonderfulness of this book with the world!!

Now and Then and Always is available TODAY thru Amazon in both Kindle and paperback!

Happy Reading!
~ Jen

 

 

No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

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No Ocean Too Wide is the first book I’ve read by Carrie Turansky.  I’m impressed with how well-researched this book is.  I’m also impressed with how the often harsh situations the siblings found themselves in were written tastefully and with respect.

The characters relied on God through many thoughtful prayers, always seeking His will.  Laura and Katie McAlister were very determined young women and I admired their dedication and spirit.

The McAlister siblings’ tale is not over yet.  Storylines were left unfinished and will continue in future books.  You’ll want to read this series in order, so be sure to read No Ocean Too Wide sometime very soon!

No Ocean Too Wide is recommended for fans of historical Christian fiction.  No Ocean Too Wide releases on June 25th – preorder today at www.christianbook.com

I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah through NetGalley.  A positive review was not required.  Opinions expressed are completely my own.