Monday, October 15, 2018

A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson

A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson is a contemporary Christian romance and mystery.  The book is set on coast of Georgia and this is the first book of Ms. Johnson’s new Georgia Coast Romance Series.

 The main character Millie is searching for a treasure at a mansion through reading a diary by her great-grandmother.  Her helper, our hero Ben, is her partner.  Time is running short for both of them who each have their own secrets and problems.  The book follows their many treasure hunting adventures, the strengthening of their faith, and their love story.  

I loved learning about the opulence of the 1920’s.  I enjoyed it when Millie read from her great-Grandmother Ruth’s diary and the story within the story.  
Liz Johnson is a new to me author, and I have been so glad for the opportunity to read this book!   Her characters have depth and Ms. Johnson is a master storyteller. She weaves the past and present effortlessly together in A Sparkle of Silver.  The ending was amazing.   I highly recommend A Sparkle of Silver and believe you will enjoy this lovely book
I was given this book by the publisher and not required to write a review. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall

Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall is well. . . enchanting.  The story follows Nicolette Everstone, a Widow, and our hero also a widower, Cal Hawthorne.  They meet romantically in a bookstore, and begin their adventure of falling in love. 

This book has incredible romantic tension.  The scenes with Nicholette and Cal were wonderful to read, and I looked forward to each time Nicholette would meet Cal again.  I felt myself back in time in the wonderful places Ms. Crandall wrote about.   The book is written in first person, Nicholette’s POV.  Dawn’s fantastic descriptions of her surroundings make this book so fun to read. 

 The book is the fifth in the Everstone series, but definitely can stand alone if you have not read the other four.  But, why would you want to do that.  You really want to read the other four.  Life is too short to miss out on Dawn Crandall’s books.   I am such a big fan of Dawn Crandall that I have thought of offering to take care of her of her plants, pets, and/or children so she has more time to write.   I will let you know if she takes me up on that. 

The Enchanting Nicholette is a wonderful novella.  It is the perfect length to read and savor.  I love how Dawn’s stories are God-centered, and so romantic.    I highly recommend this book. 
I was given a copy of the book by the publisher, but not required to write a review. 

About Dawn Crandall: 
Dawn Crandall’s debut Gilded Age Victorian romance, The Hesitant Heiress, was a 2015 ACFW Carol award finalist in the debut category and received the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2015 Write Touch Reader's Choice Award and the 2015 Romancing the Novel Reader's Choice Award. Her follow-up novel, The Bound Heart, received the 2016 Laurel Award from Clash of the Titles. Dawn earned a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University. She’s been balancing books and babies lately as her two sons were both born as the first four books of her Everstone Chronicles series were being released from Whitaker House from 2014 to 2016. Dawn lives with her husband and two young sons on a hobby farm in her hometown in northeast Indiana.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Christmas Heirloom Collection

The Christmas Heirloom consists of four Holiday Novellas by the wonderful authors:  Kristi Hunter, Karen Witemeyer, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade.  The book has four charming stories from the 1820’s Regency England to modern day Washington state.  The book revolves around each character finding true love and involves a special brooch that is passed from mother to daughter through the generations.  The stories also happen around Christmas making this story a wonderful way to begin celebrating Christmas. 

I loved each novella and they were fabulous.  They are the perfect length, all of the stories were well developed, and unique to the time period and author’s style.  The story of the brooch flowed through each story very naturally.   Each woman who was given the brooch embroidered their name on the bag that held the brooch.  I could picture the brooch and bag and loved seeing it appear in the different novellas.   I was so engaged in each story, and was very sad when the book ended.  

I highly recommend The Christmas Heirloom.  So many wonderful authors in one book!   The stories are fabulous, well written, and will help you to celebrate Christmas!  Such an enjoyable read. 
I was given a copy by the publisher and not required to write a review. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Amazon Gift Card Give-Away


I am running a contest for a $25 Amazon card!  It is very simple to enter.  Follow Becky's Bookshelves Blog.  Once you complete that entry there are four more bonus entries.  It is super simple.  Remember when you follow a blog you do not get any email.  You simply follow.  My hope is you can win and can buy some of the wonderful  books I have reviewed or anything else you would like!!  

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Christmas with the Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe

Christmas with the Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe is a great way to start the Christmas season!  I was so excited to come back to Big Heart Ranch in Oklahoma for a visit.  I am a huge fan of the ranch and the characters there.   I love Tina Radcliffe’s characters.  They seem like the kind of people I would want to have lunch with.    In Christmas with the Cowboy we learn more about Emma who works at the ranch and Zach who is a six-foot five former Navy Seal.   Emma had been married to Zach’s brother, but is now a widow.  Zach has always been fond of Emma since they were kids.  They have wonderful chemistry and I was cheering for Zach and Emma to get together.   I loved their banter and Emma’s twin girls added so much. 

This story has wonderful adventures, great cowboys, and the down-home feeling of Oklahoma.  (I was born in Oklahoma so I know this.)   I highly recommend you read Christmas with the Cowboy.  Prepare yourself to get into the Christmas spirit and make some new friends. 
I was given this book by the publisher and not required to write a review. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano is a book you want to read and savor.  The book is filled with romance, intrigue, mystery, treasure hunting, and words of wisdom.  It is so well written.   I love the author’s descriptions of people, places and her wonderful use of language.  The book follows our heroine Tressa Harlowe and our heroine Donegan Vance as they both change and grow towards the Lord and fall in love. 

The book is set at Trevelyn castle.  The estate has a vineyard that is being cultivated by our hero.  There are many wonderful quotes about raising grapes from the notebook of a viticulturist at the beginning of each chapter.  For me the quotes were thought provoking and added greatly to the novel.  Ms. Politano weaves in the theme of vineyards throughout the story.  My favorite quote from Tressa “I can only take so much pruning, “she whispered.  “Why is God doing this to me?  He’s. . . He’s pruning the very life out of me.” 

A Rumored Fortune is the second book Joanna Davidson Poloitano has written. I consider her an author to watch, and one of my favorites.  I highly encourage you to read this fabulous book. 
I was given this book by the publisher and not required to write a positive review. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Caught By Surprise by Jen Turano

Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano is an Apart From the Crowd series book number three. You can read it as a stand alone, but this is such a delightful series I think you will want to also read the first two.  This story is filled with thoughtful reflections on God, adventure, romance, humor, mystery, and is just plain fun to read. The cover is beautiful and it helped me to begin to immerse myself into the time period. I loves the handsome and rather planned hero, Gilbert, and the lovely creative heroine, Temperance. You will have to read the story to find out why Temperance is really quite an ironic name for for our heroine.

I loved watching the characters change and draw closer to God. The story is filled with some twists and turns and has a very satisfying ending. Ms. Turano's books  are so enjoyable to read while drawing you closer to God.  I really did not want the story to end, and I think it is one of her best books so far. I highly recommend Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano.
I was given the book by the publisher and not required to write a review.