Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Lights ~ A Celebration Lit Blog Tour

  • Publication Date: October 15, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LW32SEI


Christmas Lights: A Potpourri of Light Christmas Reads From Four of Your Favorite Authors

Amazon best-selling authors Chautona Havig and Vikki Kestell join debuting authors Cathe Swanson and April Hayman to present Christmas Lights, a collection of four Christmas-themed novellas. From historical romance to contemporary cozy mysteries and Christmas wonder, these four "light" reads will warm your heart and ignite your Christmas spirit!

The Heart of Joy (Vikki Kestell): Joy Michaels, grieving mother and widow, resides in an aging but remarkable Denver home known locally as Palmer House: a most extraordinary refuge for young women rescued from prostitution. Joy and her mother, Rose Thoresen, share the responsibilities of ministering to and mentoring the young women who live under Palmer House’s roof.

But now Joy faces an agonizing decision: Remain true to the memory of her first love or open her heart to the possibility of new love? And she wonders, “Can true, enduring love happen twice in a lifetime?”

Snow Angels (Cathe Swanson): When Lisa Marsh is roped into serving Thanksgiving dinner at the local community center, she meets lively teenagers, stubbornly independent veterans, eccentric elderly people, and one particularly rude and scruffy homeless man named Pete. She sets out to find him a decent job and make him respectable—whether he likes it or not—but her small project of helping Pete snowballs into an extraordinary Christmas ministry. And the vagabond can be very charming when he wants to be...

Trip the Light Fantastic (April Hayman): Lance “Trip” Devereaux is an FBI agent tasked with the nearly impossible job of tailing and, hopefully, arresting Landry Crawford, the wiliest conman east of the Mississippi River. But during his investigation, things go horribly wrong for the klutzy G-man. Will Trip nab his man in time for Christmas? Or will he be left out in the cold?

Christmas Stalkings (Chautona Havig): Wendy Nabity is known for her superfluity of cats and her “seven-tree obsession” every Christmas—but when strange things happen around her house, it appears someone is out to get her! Revel in comedy, suspense, and a garnish of romance.

Christmas Lights  is a collection of four Christmas novellas and just perfect for starting off the Christmas season! Each novella is a stand alone book and I can honestly share I enjoyed each and every one of them.  I highly recommend this wonderful collection stories!

Blog Stops

November 15: Bibliophile Reviews
November 16: blogging it out
November 17: A Reader’s Brain
November 17: Blogging With Carol
November 19: Daysong Reflections
November 19: Splashes of Joy
November 20: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
November 20: Christian Bookaholic
November 21: Bigreadersite
November 22: A Greater Yes
November 23: Back Porch Reads
November 24: Blossoms and Blessings
November 25: A Path of Joy
November 26: Bukwurmzzz
November 28: Once upon a time
November 28: Carpe Diem
To celebrate their tour, the authors are giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! Click the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this blog post to claim nine extra entries in the giveaway!

Please note: I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms

I am so excited to share about finding a new to me author that I just love reading!

  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 1250011396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250011398


This year's lucky winner of a brand-new dream home: Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

For heartbroken Janine "Janey" Brown, this announcement has the hallmarks of one of her Aunt Midge's harebrained plans to lure her from her tiny kitchen, where she's been submerging her grief in the pursuit of the perfect pot-au-feu. Meanwhile, across town, Janine "Nean" Brown couldn't be more thrilled. She just knows that this house is her destiny, the chance to escape the latest in her revolving door of crappy jobs and drunken boyfriends.

When both Janine Browns descend on Christmas Cove, Maine, to claim the prize they both think is theirs, however, they discover that more than just a dream home awaits them at the water's edge. Filled with wit and charm, The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane is Kelly Harms's enchanting and heartfelt debut―a testament to the many ways love finds us, the power of a home-cooked meal, and just what it means to be lucky.

Kelly Harms is a new to me author who I came across when reviewing an ARC copy of The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay. I enjoyed that book so much, I decided to read The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and I am SO glad I did!

This delightful tale is heartwarming, quirky and humorous and it's all rolled up into one creative, endearing story. The characters are realistic, quirky, and lovable. It made me wish I had an Aunt Midge of my own (as well as having won a dream house)! 

All in all, I truly enjoyed reading The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane. I can't wait to read more of Kelly Harms books. 

Rating: 5 Stars!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber ~ ARC Review

  • ISBN-10: 0553391739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553391732
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (October 4, 2016)


Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a particular challenge. No matter how hard she’s tried to be nice, Cain rudely rebuffs her at every turn, preferring to keep to himself. But when Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper from the lobby of their apartment building, that’s the last straw. She’s going to break through Cain’s Scrooge-like exterior the only way she knows how: by killing him with kindness.
To track her progress, Julia starts a blog called The Twelve Days of Christmas. Her first attempts to humanize Cain are far from successful. Julia brings him homemade Christmas treats and the disagreeable grinch won’t even accept them. Meanwhile, Julie’s blog becomes an online sensation, as an astonishing number of people start following her adventures. Julia continues to find ways to express kindness and, little by little, chips away at Cain’s gruff fa├žade to reveal the caring man underneath. Unbelievably, Julia feels herself falling for Cain—and she suspects that he may be falling for her as well. But as the popularity of her blog continues to grow, Julia must decide if telling Cain the truth about having chronicled their relationship to the rest of the world is worth risking their chance at love.

I love starting off my holiday season by reading one of Debbie Macomber's Christmas stories. This year I was blessed to have been awarded an ARC copy of this wonderful book.  I eagerly set aside time to read it this week. 

Twelve Days of Christmas has a great story line, believable characters. The plot is chock full of humor and romance with antics that only Debbie can dream up. 

This story was the perfect way to start my holiday season and I definitely recommend it to you all!

Rating: 5 Stars

Thank you to Ballantine Books and Netgalley. I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Replica by Lauren Oliver

  • Release Date: October 4, 2016
  • Publisher: Harper Collins 
  • ISBN-10: 0062394169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062394163


Lyra’s story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape.
Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.
Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience.

I was intrigued and excited to read Replica by Lauren Oliver.  While there are several ways to read this story, I chose to read both Lyra's and Gemma's stories separately rather than alternating them chapter by chapter. 

I found Replica to be fascinating and really enjoyed While I leaned towards favoring Lyra, I also really liked Gemma as well. This story kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I read it. I highly recommend this book!  

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for a free copy of this book. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.