Friday, January 30, 2015

Valentine Giveaway..Give Books not Roses enter today!








Dear  Reader,

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! The crisp, cool air feels a little sweeter and stores are filling their shelves with greeting cards and candies. But instead of sharing the usual gifts, the way to someone’s heart can be through a story (and maybe a little bit of chocolate). Hachette Book Group is offering a “Give Books, Not Roses” Valentine’s Day giveaway for those of you who want to express your admiration for friends, family, and loved ones.

Love Gently Falling written by Melody Carlson is a romantic novella about the power of Valentine’s Day and how one woman discovers love while at the same time saving her family’s business. Successful hairstylist to the stars Rita Jensen returns to her hometown in Chicago after receiving news that her mother has suffered a stroke. Though Rita must come up with a plan to save her mother’s salon, the oncoming holiday and her undeniable feelings for an old classmate become quite a distraction.

Keys of Heaven is the second book in Adina Senft’s Healing Grace trilogy. Amish widow Sarah Yoder helps her community by creating teas and tinctures from the herbs she grows. She struggles to find love with an Amish man, and she doesn’t know what to do about her attraction to her friend Henry Byler, who has turned away from her beliefs. Sarah’s story will show anyone that romantic love is not the only love that matters.

Valentine’s Day is an internationally celebrated day of romance, dating back to the 5th Century. But today, love touches our lives in so many different ways. Whether you are dedicating the day to your good friends or your life partner, treat them to these wonderful stories of courage, kindness, and love.

Sincerely,


Christina Boys
Editor of LOVE GENTLY FALLING and KEYS OF HEAVEN


Love Inspired Suspense: Plain Peril


Title: Plain Peril
Author: Alison Stone
Pages:  224
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense Series
For me this is the third or fourth novel in the suspense series I have thoroughly enjoyed as the stories reach out from the first moment I open the book till I am done!  A young woman returns to attend her sister’s funeral and learning that dressing as if one is Amish is not enough to be considered a part of the community especially when everyone knows different.  Hannah promised her younger sister that if anything ever happened to her she would care for the two daughters who would be left behind.  Soon after the funeral the sheriff informs her that her sister’s death was not an accident after all and with the Amish not wanting to offer any help the mystery of Hannah’s death and her husband’s disappearance weigh heavily on Hannah’s shoulders.
 The sheriff is drawn to Hannah but cannot see himself converting to the Amish beliefs nor his he sure how long Hannah will even stay in the community.  Sherriff Spencer once lived in a big city and now lives in the country in the hopes of leaving behind demons from his past.  What Spencer hadn’t accounted for was the heightened tension in the community due to Hannah’s return or the constant threats to her life.  All Hannah wants is to care for her two nieces and her widowed mother whose life abruptly changed with a medical diagnosis.
The tension in the novel is palatable throughout and between different a couple different characters.  I kept thinking I had figured out who was behind the threatening notes and actions aimed at Hannah but was surprised to learn the real culprit towards the end.  I also enjoyed the budding romance between the Sherriff and Hannah especially with the future so unsettled for Hannah and the girls.  Really enjoyed the mystery, suspense and tension when two different belief systems and way of living of between the Englisher and Amish.  Grab a copy as soon as you can!
My rating is 4 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fugitive Trackdown


Title:  Fugitive Trackdown (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author:  Sandra Robbins
Pages:  224
Year:  Feb 2015
Publisher:  Love Inspired
Claire Walker begins tracking down a fugitive after her father’s passing and learning the amount of debt owed by the business by bail jumpers.  Claire is very much living unprepared in her new though temporary life as her education as a librarian gives her little real life experience.  Claire’s best friend, Jessica, is a former police officer with her family’s fugitive recovery company a wonderful fit, but Claire just can’t ask her friend to help for reasons readers will discover.
The tracking down of a fugitive leads to a lost romance memory when she is aided unwillingly by Adam, Jessica’s brother.  Adam, a former soldier, has the training and knowledge he uses for the family business, but where has Adam’s faith gone since he last spoke to Claire?  When Claire and Adam are facing a life threatening experience their hearts, hurts and spiritual lives come out in the open.
I enjoyed reading the tension in the story between Claire and Adam because each had a stubborn, individual streak that caused sparks to fly in their friendship.  There is adventure, danger, along with a strong faith message which just filled my heart with joy as I completed the tale.  Don’t miss this great novel when cuddled under a warm blanket!
My rating is 5 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457