You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Sam is an accountant in Beaverton, Oregon who feels her job is no longer what she wants. When her grandmother is injured, she goes to Thunder Creek, Idaho to help care for her. What she does not know is that her ex-boyfriend, Nick, now lives there. He was doing work on her relative’s property when he witnessed her grandmother’s accident.

While dating, Nick cared more about himself and his desires, and Sam was the one putting an effort into the relationship. Nick was an adventurous risk taker, while Sam feared any thing dangerous, which lead to their breakup. Sam tried to get in touch with Nick after their breakup, but he never answered. Now she finds out he suffered a traumatic brain injury from one of his adventures.

Nick has changed since his accident and he is now a caring individual who puts God and others ahead of himself.

I enjoyed reading this story. It is a story of second chances and shows how a person can change when they have God in their life. I liked how Sam not only cared for her grandmother physically, but also cared about her grandmother’s business as well. Her grandmother had so much energy for someone suffering from a major injury, also caring for others. This is a really good story and I feel anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction will enjoy it. This story is also a contemporary romance.

I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers, this is my honest review.

320 pages

ISBN:9780718085971

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

You can learn more about the author and books she has written at: https://robinleehatcher.com/

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Perennials by Julie Cantrell

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Lovey and her sister Bitsey were very close until another girl comments on how they look. After that Bitsey no longer plays with Lovey. Instead she lies about Lovey and blames her for things she does not do. When Lovey turned 18 she left Mississippi and Fisher, the boy who asked her to marry him and moved to Arizona. She now has a successful career and could possibly be making the deal of a lifetime. She gets a call from her parents that she needs to come home to help prepare for their 50th anniversary. They have made travel arrangements for her for the next day.

When Lovey gets to Mississippi, nothing has changed with her sister. Her sister still lies about Lovey and falsely accuses her. But her father has a surprise for her mother for their anniversary. He has hired Lovey’s Fisher to make a memory garden. Lovey helps with the garden and gets reacquainted with Fisher.

I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed reading about the different plants as well as the different places the family visited. I really liked when the parents talked about their wedding. Especially the part of the preacher story. Eve was not formed from Adam’s feet to be below him or from his head to be above him, but from his rib to walk beside him, to be equal partners. The rib came from by his heart to be loved by him, and from below his arm to be protected by him.

I got frustrated at Lovey’s family when they commented on her not being home for so long. I was relieved when Lovey commented they could have come to see her as she seems to not speak up for herself. This is an awesome story of family relationships.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Blogger. This is my honest review.

349 pages

ISBN: 9780718037642

Publisher Thomas Nelson

To read more about the author go to: https://www.juliecantrell.com/

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Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport

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Colors of Christmas is a book of two contemporary stories by Olivia Newport. These are not your typical Christmas stories with everything going perfect. These are stories of loss and dealing with those loses at a time when one is expected to be in the Christmas spirit.

Christmas in Gold is a story of an elderly lady, Astrid, who has fallen and her children now feel it is best for her to be in an assisted living facility. As Astrid is making the adjustments, she is remembering Christmas of her past as a child in war-torn Germany. A tree in the facility has been decorated in gold. Astrid has kept three gold ornaments since finding them in her father’s destroyed building in Germany. Now she is looking through all her boxes to try to find these ornaments. Her Christmas plans are also being threatened when her son is stuck out of town on business and her granddaughter becomes ill.

Christmas in Blue is the story of Angela who does not want to celebrate Christmas. Her friend use to take care of decorating the town and eight days before Christmas, Angela is informed she is doing it this year. It seems like everything that can go wrong does. The candles are set on a heater and melt together and she can only get blue ones. The lanterns have been cut wrong and she cannot get any more. The storage area where the decorations have been kept has an undetected water leak and all the decorations are ruined. She is left turning to a young boy and a stranger in town to help her bring Christmas to this town.

I really enjoyed this book. I like how the author focused on the loss at Christmas. In these stories, Astrid is dealing with the loss of her home and freedom to do what she wants when she wants. For Angela, it is the loss of a very close friend. This story really spoke to me. Christmas after losing someone you love is really hard. As well as spending Christmas alone when the children have grown and moved away. Even though this is not a cheery Christmas story, it is a realistic one. I think this book will be enjoyed by many.

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

317 pages

ISBN: 9781683223351

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

To read more about this author go to: http://www.olivianewport.com/

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Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter

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Blue Ridge Sunrise, by Denise Hunter, is book one in A Blue Ridge Romance series. Zoe left home five years earlier and joined a band with her current boyfriend Kyle. Kyle, Zoe and her young daughter returned home for her grandmother’s funeral. They had not planned to stay, but when the will was read, Zoe found out she was the new owner of her grandmother’s orchard. After a disagreement, Kyle left and Zoe was alone in Copper Creak with her daughter. She had no vehicle and no money.

When Zoe decided to run the orchard, she found out the orchard is financially hurting and her ex-boyfriend, Cruz, is now the manager. In an effort to turn the orchard’s finances around, Zoe and her crew clean up a building and converted it to a shop. Just as it was getting ready to open, the shop burned and Zoe is suspected of burning it for insurance money.

This is a really good story. It is fast paced and had a lot of action and suspense in the story. The story also has a little romance without getting overwhelming. The parts in the story that I really enjoyed were the memories Zoe had of her grandmother. The other things that stands out in the book is when Zoe realizes that her life cannot be planned by any man, or even herself. God is the one that has plans for her. I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary fiction stories will enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: A Blue Ridge Romance ( book 1)

366 pages

ISBN: 9780718090500

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/index.html

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Twintuition by Joan Bannan

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Olivia, a single mom, grew up as an only child. When her mother dies, she inherits her mothers house. While going through her mother’s papers, she discovers she has a twin sister.

Vivian was in a plane crash that killed her parents and brother. She is now in need of another surgery and does not want others to know. She is thinking she needs a double to act as herself when Olivia shows up.

Olivia has been struggling financially, working full time yet not making enough to make ends meet. Vivian as adopted by a wealthy couple and has the means to help Olivia and her son.

This is a really good book. I did not expect Vivian to be so welcoming to Olivia but I really enjoyed reading the story of two sisters rebuilding their relationship. As well as of Olivia putting her life on hold to care for her and her son’s financial future. Once I got into the story it was very hard to put down. There is suspense through out the story with what Olivia finds in her mother’s home, as well as why did Vivian’s family plane go down and who was trying to get to Vivian now and why. Both sisters find themselves renewing friendships with men from their past bring a touch of romance to the story as well. I think anyone who enjoys reading modern day dramas with suspense with totally enjoy this story.

 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

219 pages

ISBN: 9780962762413

Publisher: Joan Bannan

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: https://www.amazon.com/Joan-Bannan/e/B000APY0WY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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Abridged by Alana Terry

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Abridged by Alana Terry is book seven in A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel Series. This is a really good series. And each book just gets better. The church Kennedy attends is hosting the Truth Warriors men retreat and there are many people who are upset about it. The pastor, Carl, and the youth pastor, Nick, get into heated arguments about hosting this event. While setting up for the event, someone goes into Carl’s office and attacks him. While on the way to the hospital, Carl stops breathing and is left on the ventilator with brain trauma.

Carl is not the only one under attack. His wife was written about in the college newspaper. Being good friends with Carl’s wife Kennedy writes an honest article for the newspaper about women’s right to chose to stay at home or have a career. She finds herself being forced to apologize for the article or face damaging her education.

I just love this series. I find myself reading the books non-stop to find out what is happening and I can’t wait for the next in the series. The books do need to be read in order to follow through with the story. I also enjoy how the author brings in characters from her other books. This story is very fast moving with a lot of twist and turns. While Carl is struggling for his life, his son is kidnapped. Kennedy is trying to be a friend and support Carl’s wife, yet is being pulled in different directions with meetings at school regarding her article. If you enjoy suspenseful Christian Fiction you will love this book.

I received a copy of this book from the author through Book Club Network and this is my honest review.

Series: A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel (book 7)

262 pages

ISBN: 9781941735367

Publisher: FirstFruits Publishing

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.alanaterry.com/

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The Treasure of Granzella Ranch by Joan Bannan

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The Treasure of Granzella Ranch is a great story by Joan Bannan. Sherre Granzella has come home to visit. She is taking time off from her job to try to save her family’s olive oil farm. Sherre takes failing businesses and helps them become profitable again. After the death of her father, the family ranch has not been doing well. She comes home to a mother that is dating a much younger man. Her brother-in-law that is running the ranch has turned to alcohol. And her sister has more than just a friendship with one of her child’s teachers. Sherre is also going through a divorce and her soon to be ex is trying to get all he can from her. Sherre has an unexpected visitor that asks to spend time at the ranch to learn about the olive oil business. What this visitor does not tell Sherre is that she suspects Sherre’s mother’s boyfriend is a murder.

I really enjoyed this story. It is a great story of family relationships. It also contains a lot of adventure and suspense. I especially enjoyed the parts in the book where the family would get together for dinners. Sherre’s niece and nephew brought a lot of humor to the story. The story is so descriptive, it was easy to visualize the family sitting around the table and the children teasing each other. It was also easy to feel the fear of the children as they fall into a hole on their walk. As well as feel the struggle Sherre’s brother-in-law was going through. And every time Sherre tried to open the drawer in her grandfather’s desk, I just wanted her to finally get it open so see what was stopping it. I think anyone who enjoys contemporary family stories will enjoy this book. It is a good clean story that would be enjoyed by teen as well as adults.

 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

186 pages

ISBN: 9780962762444

Publisher: Joan Bannan Publications

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Misdirect by Beverly Nault

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Misdirect by Beverly Nault is a story of Eve Parker, a CIA operative who was assigned to a desk job after a mission went bad years earlier. Eve has often put her job ahead of her family, leaving her mother to step in to care for her daughter. Her daughter becomes engaged to Zach, one of Eve’s co-workers. Zach and Eve have had issues with each other since the failed mission and Eve is not happy about the engagement. Just when Eve should be helping with wedding plans, issues connected with the failed mission surface. Zach goes missing and Eve is called in to help with the mission. Not only to find Zach, but to take down the biggest threat to the United States. While on the mission, Eve is sent to the Sahara Desert. She meets up with a family that helps her. The family’s son takes her on a camel ride she will not forget. The boy is not a Christian, he and Eve spend time discussing the Qu’ran and the Bible.

This story takes off running and does not slow down. There are several sub-stories written within the main story. Eve’s job is the main story, but her marriage with her husband moving in with someone else and her daughter’s up coming marriage are others. There are so many twists and turns to this story, it was very hard to put down. The author did research to keep this story realistic. There are a lot of characters, most well introduced. The scenes in the story are very descriptive, to easily visualize what was happening. There were a few time I was not able to totally follow what was happening, but it worked itself out nicely. I think anyone who enjoys suspenseful adventure stories will really enjoy this book.

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

250 pages

ISBN: 9781546430803

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://beverlynault.com/

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A Time To Stand by Robert Whitlow

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A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow is the perfect book to curl up with and read! This contemporary fiction takes place in Georgia. Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney is working in Atlanta when she loses her job. At the same time her great aunt, who raised her, suffers from a stroke and needs some one to care for her. Adisa returns home to Campbellton to be near her great aunt. She takes a temporary job with a law firm under the condition she represent the white police officer that shot a black youth.

If you enjoy legal dramas you will totally enjoy this story. The story is very well written and focuses on forgiveness and doing what is right. The story feels like it could be taken from today’s newspapers, very current and very real. The things that stands out to me is Aunt Josie walking through the town praying for members of the community. I also respect the character of Thelma Armistead, having the strength to stand in front of her church and forgive those involved in the shooting of her grandson. I felt frustrated with the pastor’s position, I wished he would have had more forgiveness and less demand for justice. Overall this is a very good story, it is not so fast moving that the reader struggles to keep up with the story. The characters are very well introduced with background information so they are easy to follow.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

399 pages

ISBN: 9780718083038

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To learn more about the author and books he has written go to: http://www.robertwhitlow.com/

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Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Meghan DeFord was injured in a car accident and forced to take a leave from her job as a cold case investigator. Meghan goes to Nevada to spend the time with her grandmother, Hazel. Meanwhile, Meghan’s mother, Diane, shows up unannounced with her four little dogs. The three women have had issues with their relationships and as their visit goes on it becomes clear something that happened in Hazel’s childhood affected how she raised Diane and that affected how Diane raised Meghan.

When Hazel was just 10 years old her mother sent her to pick berries to make a dessert for her father’s birthday. Hazel had to take her little sister, Maggie, with her. While Hazel is chasing a snake away, Maggie goes missing and is never found. Hazel has never told anyone about this, until one day when the ladies were working on a scrap book for Hazel’s birthday. Hazel wants to know what happened to Maggie and if she is still alive.

Meghan contacts her partner, Sean, and he starts to investigate this on his own time. What he finds out is so much more than anyone expected and the unit makes this 70 year old case top priority. Sean is sent to Arkansas to investigate the incident and Meghan goes to help with the case.

This is such a good book. The story is segments focusing on the three different ladies and bounces back and forth between earlier years and today. We see how things that happened in their past makes them who they are today. I especially liked how Meghan describes Sean as getting picked on by his co-workers because of his Christian beliefs, yet is very respected by them. I really enjoyed reading this book and I feel anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian fiction will enjoy it as well. The story has suspense and mystery with just a touch of romance and will keep the readers interest.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books. This is my honest review.

352 pages

ISBN: 9780735290037

Publisher: Waterbook

To learn more about the author visit: https://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/

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