Friday, June 22, 2018

Shadows of Hope by Georgiana Daniels



  • ISBN-10: 1683225457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683225454
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (April 1, 2018)



Synopsis
{Amazon}


What if. . .
. . .you struggled with infertility but unknowingly befriended your husband’s pregnant mistress?

What if. . .
. . .the woman you were seeing behind your wife’s back gets pregnant, threatening your job and marriage?

What if. . .
. . .your boyfriend never told you he was married and you discover you’re pregnant?

Crisis pregnancy worker Marissa Moreau suspects her husband is cheating, but little does she know how close to home her husband’s infidelity hits. College student Kaitlyn Farrows is floundering after a relationship with her professor leaves her pregnant. Soon she lands a job and a support system at the local pregnancy resource center and things seem to be turning around. But when Marissa and Kaitlyn become friends, neither one knows they share a connection—Colin, Marissa’s husband and Kaitlyn’s former professor. When their private lives collide, the two women must face the ultimate test of their faith and choose how to move forward as they live in the shadows of hope.






Shadow's of Hope by Georgiana Daniels  had  me going through the roller coaster of emotions as I read it. At times it was very hard to get through due to the deep emotions, situations and issues portrayed in this story but overall I enjoyed reading this book. 

The story is well written. The hard topics within this story were presented by the writer with honesty, empathy and a certain amount of class that I so appreciated. The characters became near and dear to me and yes, I kept Kleenex in business while I read this book. :)  


4 Stars!


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

Together Forever by Jody Hedlund



  • Series: Orphan Train (Book 2)
  • ISBN-10: 0764218050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218057
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2018)



About the Book
{Amazon}


Marianne Neumann has one goal in life: to find her lost younger sister, Sophie. When Marianne takes a job as a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society in 1858 New York, she not only hopes to give children a better life but seeks to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train.

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children--firm but tender and funny. Underneath his handsome charm, though, seems to linger a grief that won't go away--and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden. As the two team up placing orphans amid small railroad towns in Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.





I am thoroughly enjoying the Orphan Train series by Jody Hedlund.  While each book can be read as a stand alone book but I found that reading the books as a series makes each one that much more enjoyable to read. 

Together Forever is a touching, well written story where two agents of the Children's Aide Society travel from town to town placing children in homes and stopping back to check on them. Of course there is a lot more to it than just that  - add in scared and lonely children, wild and woolly older children, a bit of romance along with a very unsuspected (for me) turn of events and this book is a winner! 

I loved every page of this story and I am not ashamed to say my heart ached and I shed tears at the plight of these children as well as rooted for the budding romance in this novel.  I can't wait till the third book comes out out on December 4, 2018!

5 Stars!


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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley ~ Can't Wait Wednesday / Waiting On Wednesday


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


This week's pick ...




  • ISBN-10: 1492637130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492637134
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark 

  • Release Date ~ August 7, 2018


About this story ...


"The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren't such easy things to keep."
It's late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.





Why this book?

First off .... that cover is absolutely amazing.  I just keep staring at it and trying to figure out how it relates to the story. I give the cover a 10 and I sure hope the story stands up to it's gorgeous cover!

Secondly .... Bellewether  sounds like an amazing story. Forbidden love, possible tragic ending, a mystery as to what really happened to the star crossed lovers.  Perfect summer reading!

What books are you waiting for? 

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Darkling Bride by Lauren Andersen



  • ASIN: B074656GTH
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books 
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2018
  • Sold by: Random House LLC



About This Book
{Amazon}

The Gallagher family has called Deeprath Castle home for seven hundred years. Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, the estate is now slated to become a public trust, and book lover and scholar Carragh Ryan is hired to take inventory of its historic library. But after meeting Aidan, the current Viscount Gallagher, and his enigmatic family, Carragh knows that her task will be more challenging than she’d thought.
 
Two decades before, Aidan’s parents died violently at Deeprath. The case, which was never closed, has recently been taken up by a new detective determined to find the truth. The couple’s unusual deaths harken back a century, when twenty-three-year-old Lady Jenny Gallagher also died at Deeprath under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind an infant son and her husband, a renowned writer who never published again. These incidents only fueled fantastical theories about the Darkling Bride, a local legend of a sultry and dangerous woman from long ago whose wrath continues to haunt the castle.
 
The past catches up to the present, and odd clues in the house soon have Carragh wondering if there are unseen forces stalking the Gallagher family. As secrets emerge from the shadows and Carragh gets closer to answers—and to Aidan—could she be the Darkling Bride’s next victim?






I found The Darkling Bride  to be a riveting read that had me sitting on the edge of my seat from start to finish!  It's full of history, castles, tragedy, dysfunctional family members and set in a country I love ~ Ireland. Mix in ghosts, erie unexplained happenings and I just couldn't turn down the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Ms. Andersen penned an amazing story.  I really enjoy books that keep me on my toes and this book did.  So much so, this is one of those beloved books that I will visit and be swept away by again and again. Yes, it's that good!


5 Stars


I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Andersen, Ballentine Books,  Random House and Netgalley. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens





  • ASIN: B078WLH3KB
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press 
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2018


Synopsis

David Galloway can’t die.
 
How many lifetimes can God expect one man to live? Over a century old, David Galloway isolates himself from the mortal humans who die or desert him by making a quiet life as a used bookstore owner in Northern Michigan. But then he spots a news article about a man who, like him, should be dead.

Daredevil celebrity Zachary Wilson walked away unscathed from what should have been a deadly fall. David tracks the man down, needing answers. Soon David discovers a close-knit group of individuals as old as he is who offer the sort of kinship and community he hasn’t experienced for decades—but at what cost?  

David finds himself keeping secrets other than his own. . .protecting more than himself alone. He’ll have to decide what’s worth the most to him—security or community. When crimes come to light that are older than any mortal, he fears the pressure is more than he can stand. What does God require of him, and is David strong enough to see it through?





No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens caught my eye as soon as I came across it. I didn't know what to expect when I first started reading this book but after a few pages, I was absolutely hooked!

The concept of No Less Days is a game changer ~ a Faith based sci-fi novel that explores immortality from a bright new perspective that is very intriguing.  The characters are engaging and realistically flawed. David, the main character is world weary, tired of immortality and depends on his relationship with God to see him through as he struggles with his existence and how to fit in with the rest of the world. 

Add in a creative and awesome plot full of twists and turns leading to  surprises that I never saw coming  and you have a refreshingly creative, captivating story.  I can't wait to read the other books in this series!   


5 Stars

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Stevens, Shiloh Run Press and Netgalley for the opportunity to read/review this book.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mystic Dragon by Jason Denzel ~ Can't Wait Wednesday


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


This week's pick ...




  • ASIN: B078RX2276
  • Publisher: Tor Books 

  • Publication Date: July 17, 2018


About this book

Seven years have passed since lowborn Pomella AnDone became an unlikely Mystic’s apprentice.
Though she has achieved much in a short time, as a rare celestial event approaches, Pomella feels the burden of being a Mystic more than ever. The Mystical realm of Fay√ľn is threatening to overtake the mortal world, and as the two worlds slowly blend together, the land is thrown into chaos. People begin to vanish or are killed outright, and Mystics from across the world gather to protect them. Among them is Shevia, a haunted and brilliant prodigy whose mastery of the Myst is unlike anything Pomella has ever seen.
Shevia will challenge Pomella in every possible way, from her mastery of the Myst to her emotional connection with Pomella’s own friends—and as Shevia’s dark intentions become more clear, Pomella fears she may be unstoppable.





I read Mystic by Jason Denzel back in 2015 and adored it so I guess you can figure out how excited I am that Mystic Dragon, book two in this trilogy is coming out next month! 

Why this book? 

Magic, dragons, mystical realms, a dark threat, end of the world scenario .... what more can I ask for?  I truly can't wait to read this one!



What books are you waiting for? 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Season of Glory by Lisa T. Bergren {Book 3 in the Remnants Series}



  • ASIN: B010R8B616
  • Publisher: Blink (March 8, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 8, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing



Synopsis
{Amazon}

In the third and final volume of the Remnants series, the power of the Remnants and their people are growing, threatening Pacifica’s careful plans for domination. Among the Trading Union, village after village, outpost after outpost, and city after city are drawn to people of the Way, and agree to stand against those who hunt them. But Pacifica intends to ferret out and annihilate the Remnants—as well as everyone who hasn’t sworn allegiance to the empire—setting the stage for an epic showdown that will change the course of a world on the brink … forever.







Season of Glory is the third and final book in the Remnant series.  It's full of faith, action and overall?  A wonderful ending to a great series! 

While each book in this series can each be read as a stand alone story, I recommend reading them in order, if at all possible as it really enhances the reading experience overall. 



4 Stars!


I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Bergren, Blink Publishing and  Harper Collins for the opportunity to read/review this book.