Thursday, October 30, 2014

Love's Fortune--Book Review

Love's Fortune
The Ballantyne Legacy #3
by
Laura Frantz



About the book:


Love's Fortune, Ballantyne Legacy Series #3Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world--filled with family members she's never met, dances she's never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes' shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?

With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.


My Review:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Book Review: Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

Full Steam Ahead
by Karen Witemeyer


About the Book:

Full Steam Ahead  -     By: Karen Witemeyer
When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?


Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?


My Review:

Friday, January 31, 2014

Prayer Warrior--book review





Prayer Warrior: The Power of Praying Your Way to   Victory  -     By: Stormie Omartian
Prayer Warrior

by Stormie Omartian



About the Book:

No one can sit on the sidelines today when it comes to spiritual matters. A war is going on between good and evil, and every believer is involved. For every Christian who wants a meaningful prayer life that is more than just asking for blessings, bestselling author Stormie Omartian shows how to pray with strength and purpose--prayers resulting in great victory, not only personally but also in advancing God's kingdom and glory.

Readers will find help and encouragement in 12 practical and significant chapters that address
  • knowing your Commander and standing on His side
  • being certain of your authority in prayer
  • becoming skilled with your spiritual weapons
  • following God's orders to resist the enemy
  • seeing what's happening from God's perspective
Stormie also provides many powerful prayers on numerous subjects that concern people today. For anyone eager to answer the call of God on his or her life to pray while responding to the desire of his or her heart to see people and situations change, Prayer Warrior is a must-read.




About the Study Guide:


Prayer Warrior Prayer and Study Guide: The Power of   Praying Your Way to Victory                      -     By: Stormie Omartian
A companion to Stormie Omartian's brand-new book, Prayer Warrior, this study guide helps readers to further explore God's Word and His promises. This more in-depth journey looks at many aspects of every believer's call to pray and how those prayers can be full of strength and purpose, and result in great victory. Readers will be offered prayer tools as they
  • put on their protective armor each morning
  • condition themselves to be all that they can be
  • pray the prayers every prayer warrior must know
Created for individuals or small groups, Prayer Warrior Study Guide provides thoughtful questions, helpful discussion insights, and other creative ways to go deeper with this important content.

My Review:

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Match Made in Texas--book review

A Match Made in Texas
by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, 
Regina Jennings, and Carol Cox

About the Book:

A Match Made in Texas    -     By: K. Witemeyer, M. Connealy, R. Jennings, C. Cox
There's a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!

In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can't keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she's also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?
A Cowboy Unmatched
Neill isn't sure who hired him to repair Clara's roof--he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?

An Unforeseen Match
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace's doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though--and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on. 

No Match for Love
Andrew can't fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?

Meeting Her Match
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker's son how much she cares for him?

My Review:

I cannot figure out why I have never read a book like this one before. It was fantastic! I hardly ever read the back of books because I like to be surprised with the story as I'm reading it. Again, I did not read about this book but wanted it because I love Karen Witemeyer's stories. The book as a whole was wonderful! The whole book was filled with a fantastic surprise as your read from one story to the next, and has the best ending following along with the surprise.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Whispers from the Shadows--Book review


Whispers from the Shadows
(Culper Ring Series book 2)
by Roseanna M. White




About the Book:

This exciting and adventurous romantic spy novel is the second book in a new series from Roseanna M. White. Whispers from the Shadows combines fascinating cloak-and-dagger secrets with a tale of love and intrigue during the War of 1812.
Whispers from the Shadows, Culper Ring Series #2   -     
        By: Roseanna M. White
    
Treachery causes Gwyneth Fairchild's world to crumble. The daughter of a British general, she barely saves her life by fleeing London aboard a ship to America. Her goal is to find refuge with the Lane family in Maryland, having been told by her father she could implicitly trust Winter and Bennet Lane, even though their nations are once again at war. After meeting their son, Thad, she wonders how safe she truly is when she discovers that the Lanes trade in a dangerous commodity--espionage.

Not long after Gwyneth finds refuge in his city, Thad Lane experiences the tug of love, though he fears it may blur lines of loyalty. With family playing the part of enemies and enemies proving themselves friends, a future with Gwyn is uncertain. But at this moment, with the British advancing on Washington and Baltimore, they have only their shared faith in God as a shield about them.



My Review:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Return to Me--Book review and blog tour giveaway!

Return To Me
by Lynn Austin

About the Book:


Return to Me, Restoration Chronicles Series #1   -     
        By: Lynn Austin
 From the Acclaimed Author of Chronicles of the Kings

After decades of exile, the prophesies are coming true---King Cyrus has declared the Jews may return to Jerusalem. Iddo, a priest, is sure this is a sign of God's renewed favor. For too long they've remained in Babylon, and many, including Iddo's sons, are losing the faith that sets them apart. And so only a few choose to leave everything to return---return to their home and their God.

Nothing about their journey to the Promised Land is easy. As hardships mount, even the faithful, like Iddo's beloved wife, Dinah, question the sacrifice of following God's leading. Zechariah, Iddo's oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather's ancient beliefs and the family they left behind. But one life-changing encounter with the Holy One gives him insight that will change Zechariah---and history---forever.

Bringing the Old Testament to vibrant life, Return to Me tells the compelling story of two men living by faith in the midst of doubt, the women who love them, and the faithful remnant struggling to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons them home.

My Review:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

What Happens When Women Say Yes to God Devotional-book review

What Happens When Women Say Yes to God Devotional
by Lysa TerKeurst

About the Book:

What Happens When Women Say Yes to God Devotional  -     
        By: Lysa TerKeurst
    
Reflections shaped from new material and from the heart of her book illuminate Lysa's encouraging message of hope and delight for women who say yes to God as they make decisions, find their passion, and pursue their God-given dreams. Each of the 40 devotions includes
  • a focus Scripture
  • a thought for the day 
  • a devotional message
  • a personal prayer
  • a reflect and respond section
This spiritual journey ushers women to a deeper relationship with God, the faith and fulfillment they have been longing for, and the life God has been longing for them to lead. 

My Review: 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Millie's Treasure-book review

Millie's Treasure 
(book 2 in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker)
By Kathleen Y'Barbo

About the Book:

Millie's Treasure, Secret Lives of Will Tucker Series #2   -     
        By: Kathleen Y'Barbo
    
Memphis 1890--Bookish heiress Millie Jean Cope is as clever as she is beautiful. Unfortunately, though adept at solving puzzles and cryptograms, she doesn't realize her new fiance isn't who he claims to be, but instead is a charming scoundrel. The infamous Will Tucker is presenting himself as a British gentleman, Sir William Trueck, though in reality he is a crafty criminal looking for a hidden map to a secret treasure.

Pinkerton agent Kyle Russell has been on Tucker's trail for years. At last Kyle believes he has Tucker cornered, but he is uncertain whether the lovely woman on the con man's arm is an unsuspecting victim or willing accomplice. Finding reasons to spend time with Millie is easy. Keeping himself from falling in love with her is another issue entirely.




My Thoughts: