Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero




  • Series: Tales of Faith
  • Publisher: ARTStudios 
  • ISBN-10: 1942931239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1942931232



Synopsis

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity? 

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character? 

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn't even know is searching for her?





The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero is a sweet and delightfully unusual retelling of Cinderella. In this version Ellia is Cinderella and the one searching for her is the Prince Raoul, her father. 

Ellia is  embittered by her crippled foot and all that life has thrown her way and she sees no way out. As the book progresses, God turns shows her how to lean on Him, find her faith again as well as open herself to God.  

I found this unusual Tale of Faith to be creative, full of action and easily read as a stand alone story. It is well written and the characters are engaging. All in all a Good Read. 

4 Stars!


Blog Stops

June 6: Remembrancy
June 6: Pursuing Stacie
June 10: Reading Is My SuperPower (Spotlight)
June 11: Karen Sue Hadley
June 12: A Path of Joy
June 13: Bukwurmzzz
June 13: cherylbbookblog (Spotlight)
June 16: Live.Love.Read.
June 19: Henry Happens
June 19: Bookworm Mama (Spotlight)

Giveaway




To celebrate her tour, Amanda is giving away a grand prize of paperback copies of Amanda’s three novellas: Journey to Love, Befriending the Beast, and The Secret Slipper.




Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! 




I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to ARTStudios and Celebrat Lit as well as Ms. Tero for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd






Synopsis


In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, where her estranged uncle serves as the school’s superintendent. Upon arrival, Annabelle learns that she must shed her life of high society and work for her wages for the first time in her life.
Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to purchase land he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s death, Owen begins to consider a second chance at love.
As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.





A Stranger at Fellsworth is the third book in Sarah E. Ladd's Treasures of Surrey Series. The historical setting was well described and the story itself full of action, mystery, second chances and of course, a budding romance! 

This story was a fairly quick read, very and the perfect start to start my Summer romance reading. I enjoyed this wonderful book and highly recommend it for those who love faith based historical romance novels! 

4 Stars!

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishing, Ms. Ladd and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero





  • Series: Tales of Faith
  • Publisher: ARTStudios 
  • ISBN-10: 1942931239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1942931232



Synopsis

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity? 

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character? 

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn't even know is searching for her?





The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero is a sweet and delightfully unusual retelling of Cinderella. In this version Ellia is Cinderella and the one searching for her is the Prince Raoul, her father. 

Ellia is  embittered by her crippled foot and all that life has thrown her way and she sees no way out. As the book progresses, God turns shows her how to lean on Him, find her faith again as well as open herself to God.  

I found this unusual Tale of Faith to be creative, full of action and easily read as a stand alone story. It is well written and the characters are engaging. All in all a Good Read. 

4 Stars!


Blog Stops

June 6: Remembrancy
June 6: Pursuing Stacie
June 10: Reading Is My SuperPower (Spotlight)
June 11: Karen Sue Hadley
June 12: A Path of Joy
June 13: Bukwurmzzz
June 13: cherylbbookblog (Spotlight)
June 16: Live.Love.Read.
June 19: Henry Happens
June 19: Bookworm Mama (Spotlight)

Giveaway




To celebrate her tour, Amanda is giving away a grand prize of paperback copies of Amanda’s three novellas: Journey to Love, Befriending the Beast, and The Secret Slipper.




Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! 




I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to ARTStudios and Celebrat Lit as well as Ms. Tero for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Man Called Ove {Book to Movie Review}


I kept seeing the book A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman around various blog sites and the internet.  I read the book synopsis and added it to my wish list thinking, "this sounds like a great read!"   

Then I came across it in on Amazon (Prime) and decided to give it a go. I don't often watch movies with subtitles but as I had some free time and this book/movie really sounded so good  I thought I'd watch it.  



A Man Called Ove


This movie is amazing! 


The story is stunning, the actors are excellent and the subtitles did not detract at all from the movie. It's charming, inspiring, endearing, hilarious at times while poignantly sad at others.  Overall, a truly good  movie!  

The concept of the movie's underlying theme bothered me a bit until I understood it was a way to connect Ove's past to his present and how his life shaped him to be the man he is now.  A life where his present is fraught with new and old neighbors that drive him batty and a stray cat that won't take no for an answer.  

The theme of this movie is one of such depth but it's presented in a unique way shedding even more light  onto who Ove really is. It's amazing to see how one man's life can touch and affect so many others.   

While I would not recommend this for family movie for those with younger teens or little ones, I do recommend this for older teens and adults. Why? Some of the sub-themes could be emotionally disturbing or misinterpreted by younger teens/children.  

I'm now heading off to get a copy of the book to read, as I find that I usually enjoy the book versions much more than the movie. I'm pretty psyched since I loved the movie, I'm hoping to really love the book! 😊


Well Worth the Watching!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday ~ { All Things Jane Austen}




Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine




I love reading Jane Austen's novels  time and again so I was pretty excited to find two pending new releases coming out this year based off of Jane's classics. One is being released in June 2017 and the other in November 2017. 

I can't wait to read them!





  • ISBN-10: 1601429347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601429346
  • Publisher: WaterBrook 




Release Date  ~ June 13, 2017 

Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.

But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.


While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas. 


In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away.  





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  • ISBN-10: 0718078098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718078096
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson


Release Date ~  November 7, 2017

After years of following her best friend’s lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen’s Regency England paves the way towards a new future.
Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys—particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally fragile childhood friend Isabel Dwyer offers Mary a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in Bath, Mary reluctantly agrees to come along, in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways. But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes that she lives in Regency England. Mary becomes dependent on a household of strangers to take care of Isabel until she wakes up.
With Mary in charge and surrounded by new friends, Isabel rests and enjoys the leisure of a Regency lady. But life gets even more complicated when Mary makes the discovery that her life and Isabel’s have intersected in more ways that she knew, and she finds herself caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this triangle works out their lives and hearts among a company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.








Which new releases are you excited about and can't wait to read?