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April 30, 2015

To Win Her Favor {Tamera Alexander}

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A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good.

An Irish-born son far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and start a farm, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn't accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville’s racetrack––the richest race run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance, and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder, Maggie’s father––aging, yet wily as ever––makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail––Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself. 

Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts––and the escalating violence from a "secret society" responsible for lynchings and midnight raids––may prove too much for even two determined souls.

My Thoughts:
Every time I read a historical fiction book, I try to imagine what life must have been like back then. People were so different than what we are used to today, and acceptable ways of life would be considered abuse in modern days. I always enjoy reading about that time in our country's history, and consider that they had it pretty good back then when things were so much simpler.

But then I read something like To Win Her Favor and you realize that things weren't always perfect during those simpler times. Women and foreigners were treated badly, and the farm workers and their families were treated horribly.

In this story, the Linden farm is about to be sold for auction. Maggie and her father are the only survivors in the family, and they just haven't been able to keep things going. This is so devastating to Maggie, and she is doing all she can to try to find a way to make things work. Her love in life is horse racing, and she is determined to race her horse in the upcoming race in order to save the family farm.

Cullen McGrath is an Irishman, and that basically makes him a criminal and trash in Nashville. Everyone treats him so badly and wants him out of town immediately. But Cullen just wants to buy land and make his new life in on a farm in Nashville. When he makes friends with Mr. Linden, he gets his wish of purchasing a farm, but also gets more than he bargained for in the business transaction - a wife.

Cullen and Maggie are so different, yet find themselves fighting for the same thing - a successful farm. Yet both have their secrets that they are reluctant to share with each other. As the two of them grow to like, and eventually love, each other, we see their barriers break down and all their secrets come out.

This story brings together love, loss, acceptance, and eventually joy as we see these characters come together for one goal.

USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander is a novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose have earned her devoted readers worldwide as well as multiple industry awards. Tamera enjoys a devoted international following with her books being translated into German, Dutch, and Polish. She recently returned from a book tour in The Netherlands for the release of A Lasting Impression.

Her first seven novels are set against the rugged backdrop of the Colorado Territory (1860-70s), but she's recently turned her pen toward "home" and is writing about her own Southern heritage. A Lasting Impression, the first of three Belmont Mansion novels, showcases the larger-than-life history of Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America at the time, and the Belmont Mansion in the years following the Civil War. 

Tamera's ninth novel, To Whisper Her Name, the first of three Belle Meade Plantation novels reveals the story behind the most influential thoroughbred stud farm in our nation's history, as well as what happens when a Southern born son who chose to fight for the Union mets a Southern belle whose husband was killed for being a traitor to the South.

These two Southern series (the Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation) intertwine with each other, detailing the "real life" history of two of Nashville's most famous homes and their intriguing families. A Lasting Impression was a 2012 Christy Award finalist for Best Historical Romance (an award honoring excellence in Christian Fiction. This was Tamera's sixth Christy nomination. She's also the recipient of two RITA awards for Best Inspirational Romance.

After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband have returned to their native South and reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they enjoy spending time with their two grown children who live nearby, as well as a ten-pound silky terrier named Jack. When she writes, Tamera takes steps closer to Christ, and it's her earnest desire that her readers will do the same, as they read. 

She LOVES connecting with readers, so please join her through these venues: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

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April 28, 2015

Tamera Alexander’s To Win Her Favor Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway

Be sure to head back over to this blog next Thursday for my review of To Win Her Favor!!!

Can Maggie prove that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America? Find out in Tamera Alexander's To Win Her Favor. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Celebrate the release of To Win Her Favor with a Kindle Fire and book giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • A copy of To Win Her Favor
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced May 11th on Tamera's blog. Plus stay tuned for more opportunities to win after May 11 with a special Pinterest contest—more details coming soon!

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April 27, 2015

Never a Bridesmaid {Janice Thompson}

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Can one bridesmaid undo the disasters caused by a poorly chosen maid of honor and save her sister’s wedding from disaster? 

Mari’s older sister Crystal is getting married, and Mari is one of her bridesmaids – actually, the last in a lineup of five bridesmaids, but that doesn't really bother her. Much. But Sienna Jameson as the maid of honor? Really? She might be Crystal’s best friend, but she’s ditzy and undependable on her best days. When the best man turns out to be hunky Derrick Richardson, the right fielder for the Houston Astros and one of Houston’s most eligible bachelors, Sienna abandons her duties as maid of honor to chase Derrick, and it’s up to Mari to make sure Crystal’s wedding day goes off without a hitch.

While Mari is wrapped up in dress fittings, bridal showers, and bachelorette nights, Derrick has taken notice of her devotion to her sister and her determination to make the wedding perfect. But between dodging Sienna’s advances and watching Mari running around like a madwoman, Derrick is left to steal moments whenever he can to get to know this beautiful bridesmaid.

When the maid of honor shows up to the ceremony late and more done up than the bride herself, Mari fears her attempts to make her sister’s wedding perfect have all been for naught. Will the bride be up-staged by the maid of honor? Will the fifth-in-line bridesmaid ever be recognized for all the work she’s done? And will Mari finally have a moment to revel in the magic of a wedding and dance in the strong arms of a man?

My Thoughts:
Can Janice Thompson write a bad book?

In this May installment of the Year of Weddings 2 series, we find all the things that make Spring wonderful - love, baseball, and weddings.

Mari won my hear immediately as the baby sister that gets looked over for the most important role in her sister's wedding. Even though she is heartbroken to not be the maid of honor, she continues to step in and work tirelessly to make her sister's big day perfect. Her devotion to her sister makes her one of those people that you just want to know better. In addition, she shone as a woman of class in the way she handled the actual maid of honor throughout the entire wedding planning.

When Derrick comes into the picture, it doesn't take long to figure out that he has eyes for Mari. The way he makes a point to always seek her out and make her feel comfortable is so sweet. I also loved that he wasn't one of those full-of-himself star athletes, and that he was comfortable just being himself.

I loved watching Mari and Derrick become closer as they worked together to create something perfect for the people who mean so much to them. They also showed a great deal of faith as they handled the pre-wedding crisis, and stuck together to work it all out. I admired the way they handled each situation that was thrown at them.

Now, someone just need to convince Janice to write a full length follow-up to this book. I need to see how this Mari and Derrick thing works out, haha!

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April 24, 2015

Finding Me {Kathryn Cushman}

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After her father and stepmother's accidental death, Kelli Huddleston sorts through their belongings and learns a shocking secret. Years before, her father faked his death during a boat wreck at sea--and faked Kelli's as well. He'd run from a wife, a son, and a daughter back in Tennessee, meaning Kelli has a family she's never known. 

She's already cashed the payout on her dad's life insurance check and looks at it as her ticket to a new life. The lure and puzzle of digging into this hidden past is too much to resist, and she soon finds herself in Tennessee. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are threatened, Kelli must make an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.

My Thoughts:
This book is just so... wow!

Almost immediatly I found my self drawn into Katie's story and ended up staying awake almost all night just so I could finish it. Katie has her life in California full of friends and a plan. She is cleaning out her father's office after his death when she finds clues of a past family that she has believed to be dead all these years.

I was so excited for Katie when she hopped in her car and headed for Tennessee. I also found myself getting very nervous for her as she began poking around to try to find the people that she wanted so desperately to meet. The first person she met was Kenmoore, the owner of the local store. The connection that immediately forms in that relationship becomes the glue that holds this entire story together. I just loved watching her treat her as a daughter, and continue to encourage her to tell her secret to the family that she is beginning to love.

The relationship between Katie and Beth is amazing. They immediately become so close, and it is so obvious that sist
erly bonds truly know no bounds. They become best friends, and watching as Katie is there for the family during one of their darker days just shows how deep this family love is.

Everything about this book just made me smile. I found myself cheering Katie on as she made decision after decision about where to go in her journey. I cried with her when memories of her past began to make sense. And I smiled so happily with the ending of this sweet story.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story about the love a family, and the love of God.

Author Kathryn "Katie" Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. She is also the co-author of Angel Song with Sheila Walsh. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California. Visit her Web site at

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April 21, 2015

Every Bride Needs a Groom {Janice Thompson}

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Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she's sure he'll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn't just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie's boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her - on the very same day she wins her dream dress - her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop - yeah, you read that right - discover her humiliating secret if she does?

My Thoughts:
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Janice Thompson, and pretty much love everything she writes. I have been a huge fan of Bella for years, and wasn't real sure Janice could ever introduce a character that could steal my heart like Bella did. But then I met Katie Fisher.

Every Bride Needs a Groom caught my attention from the very first chapter. Katie Fisher is the definition of small-town girl. She lives in the same town with her entire family, she's the only sister of three brothers, she's dated the same guy for years, and her family holds to their weekly schedule like clock work. On the surface, it appears that she will marry her dream guy and they will make her their life in the same small town. Her love for planning her wedding seems to occur in her every day activities. She has every little detail planned and she's ready to execute those plans. But, life sure does like to throw those curve balls.

As soon as Katie sets foot in the bridal store, we realize that her life is about to change. Everyone just seems to fall into her life so naturally, and she seems so at-home in the big city of Dallas. Brady walks into her life, and we know immediately that things are going to heat up.

Throughout the entire process of designing the gown, Katie is torn between wanting to tell the truth about her non-engagement, and the pressure of those around her to just go with it. I really appreciate her conviction to be honest, and the way she and everyone else handled the truth as it came out.

The surrounding characters in this book are just as enjoyable as Katie and Brady, and I'm really hoping that as this series continues we will get to see many of them return with stories of their own. And of course, I loved the folks from Galveston that showed up in this story in various places: Jordan, Hannah and Drew, and even mentions of Bella and Gabi.

I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series and can't wait to take the adventure that will be Katie Fisher in Dallas.

Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves in, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experience as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series, the Backstage Pass series, and the Weddings by Design series. She lives in Texas.

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April 16, 2015

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea {Rose Chandler Johnson}

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In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. Whether purchased as a personal resource or given as a heartfelt gift, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quite moments of reflection.

My Thoughts:
I love a good devotional, and this book does not disappoint.

In this devotional, Rose Chandler Johnson has taken some of those most comment things that we struggle with every single day, and addressed them with a quick and to the point reminder that God has everything in control. From struggling with forgiveness, to dealing with our fears, we are reminded that we are God's children and that He is going to take care of us - we just have to trust in Him.

Each time I opened this book, it seemed like it fell to a topic that I needed guidance or reassurance with in that exact moment. The entire book reads that way and just seems to speak to me on so many levels.

Each daily devotion is followed by a scripture recommendation, a daily prayer, and a suggestion for journaling topics. It concludes with the Sweet Iced Tea Moment that serves as the takeaway for the day - something to remember as we go throughout our days.

I really enjoyed this devotion and recommend it to anyone looking for an easy, but powerful reminder of what God does for us.

Rose Chandler Johnson, a Southern girl from a tine Georgia town, is the author of the devotional blog, Write Moments with God. A devoted Christian and mother of six, she has been a teacher of English and French over the last twenty years. She looks forward to continuing her writing ministry in the years ahead.

April 15, 2015

Release Day: Dangerous Love

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Anaiah Press proudly presents
DANGEROUS LOVE by Kara Leigh Miller and Jody Holford
a romantic suspense novel that releases today!

He’s fighting to forget his past while she struggles to remember hers…  
Doctor Josh Parker lives with guilt about his wife’s death every day.  He believes himself incapable of ever loving again, but when a mysterious woman arrives in the Emergency Room, brutally beaten and left for dead, he starts to feel something he hasn’t felt in far too long: hope.

Alessandra Matthews has no memory of the events that led to her being hospitalized. Worse, she has no idea who hurt her or why. Although she’s uncertain of who she is, she is fully aware of one thing—she’s falling for her doctor.  

April 13, 2015

Nobody's Cuter Than You {Melanie Shankle}

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There is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself. Yet over the last couple of decades, we've substituted the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We settle for "community" on Facebook and Twitter and a series of text messages that allow us to communicate with someone without the commitment. We like each other's beautifully filtered photos on Instagram and delude ourselves into believing we have a community. But real friendship requires effort. It's showing up, laughing loud, and crying hard. It's forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It's making a casserole, doing a carpool pickup, and making sure she knows those cute shoes are 50 percent off. 

Written in the same comedic style as the "New York Times" bestsellers "Sparkly Green Earrings" and "The Antelope in the Living Room," "Nobody's Cuter than You" is a laugh-out-loud look at the special bond that exists between friends and a poignant celebration of all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments. From the friendships we develop over a lifetime to the ones that wounded us and the ones that taught us to love better, Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become. And on a day when our jeans feel too tight, our chins have decided to embrace hormone-related acne reminiscent of our teen years, and our kids have tested the limits of our sanity, they are the ones who will look at us and say, "Nobody's cuter than you!"

My Thoughts:

I am a reader of Melanie's blog, and have read all her previous books, so I was pretty excited when this book showed up in my mailbox a week earlier than I expected.

In Nobody's Cuter Than You, we get to go on a journey with Melanie through the friendships of her childhood. She brings to life the stories of her very young days all the way through adulthood. She chronicles how each friendship molded her life and essentially contributed to the person she is today.

Of course, no book about friendship from Melanie would not be complete without stories of Gully, and it was great to get to see how that friendship started and where it has gone through the years. They truly have that kind of friendship that every woman wishes she had in her life.

I love Melanie's writing style - I feel more like I'm having a conversation with her rather than reading a book. I can just hear her voice coming through as I read these stories. And as you can expect when people start telling stories about friendship, I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions.

This book is definitely a must-read, and will be something that you keep on your bookshelf for years to come. Go get your copy now!

Melanie Shankle lives in San Antonio with her husband, Perry, and daughter, Caroline. She graduated from Texas A&M in 1994 while possibly on scholastic probation. Melanie began writing her blog, Big Mama, in July 2006. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room. She is a regular contributor on The Pioneer Woman blog, and in her spare time likes to shop good sales, watch too much television, and laugh at thing that are sometimes inappropriate.

April 10, 2015

From the Start {Melissa Tagg}

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Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley. 

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?

My Thoughts:

This book started so slow for me. The first few chapters were slow reading, and I almost put it down. But I hung with it and I am so glad I did. Once the story got going, it was hard to put down.

As soon as Kate arrives back in her hometown, we discover that she is deeply hurt from her past and is just not going to let anyone in her life. She loves her family deeply and cares for each of them, but she has no plans to let anyone from the outside get close enough to love her again. She is easy to like, and seems like someone I could be friends with in real life.

Colton is an equally wonderful person with a horrible past of his own. Not only is he down on himself from the loss of his football career, but he has a broken childhood that haunts him. He has big plans to sulk around and feel sorry for himself. Colton is also a likable guy, and I found myself wanting to know more and more about him as the story progressed.

Of course, it's no secret that Kate and Colton get close pretty quickly. Through their project they are working on, they slowly fall for each other in a major way. But they both have their pasts that haunts them to the point that neither is willing to give in to what is so obvious to everyone else.

I loved this book, and I loved these characters. This is a new series and I am looking forward to reading more about Kate and Colton, and well as getting to know more members of this family better. This series is worth getting started on.

Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. She’s passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at

April 8, 2015

‘A Sparrow in Terezin’ by Kristy Cambron | New Book Plus a Book-Inspired Giveaway

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection in Kristy Cambron's new book, A Sparrow in Terezin. Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

Kristy is celebrating by giving away a basket filled with goodies inspired by her new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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  • A copy of I Never Saw Another Butterfly
  • A copy of the Mrs. Miniver DVD
  • Literary tea bags
  • Tumbler
  • A copy of A Sparrow in Terezin
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 28th. Winner will be announced April 29th on Kristy's blog.

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April 7, 2015

Dangerous Love {Kara Leigh Miller}

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He’s fighting to forget his past while she struggles to remember hers...

Doctor Josh Parker lives with guilt about his wife’s death every day. He believes himself incapable of ever loving again, but when a mysterious woman arrives in the Emergency Room, brutally beaten and left for dead, he starts to feel something he hasn't felt in far too long:

Alessandra Matthews has no memory of the events that led to her being hospitalized. Worse, she has no idea who hurt her or why. Although she’s uncertain of who she is, she is fully aware of one thing -- she’s falling for her doctor.

Sometimes, what you don’t know can kill you...

As Josh and Alessa work to solve the mystery surrounding her past, she soon realizes just how much danger she’s really in, but Josh refuses to let her face the darkness of her memories alone. With each of them struggling to put their pasts behind them, theirs is a DANGEROUS LOVE.

My Thoughts:
This was a different read for me, but still an enjoyable story. It seemed to take romance and suspense and put them into the same story.

These two characters couldn't be more different from each other. Alessandra is so unsure of herself and completely convinced that she is a burden to everyone around here. We soon realize why, but it is still heart-wrenching to see her so down on herself all the time.

John falls somewhere in between full of confidence and fully broken. He is a successful physician with a great job, but he still suffers from the guilt and loneliness as a result of the death of his late wife. The first time he lays eyes on Alessandra we realize that he is falling completely in love with her.

Their relationship is one that is difficult to build. In the midst of them falling in love, there is the entire suspense of finding out what happened to cause Alessandra to end up in the hospital to begin with. As the story unfolds we learn more and more about the circumstances surrounding her injuries, and watching the characters discover the details kept me turning the pages. I had to find out the who, what, and why.

As this story comes to an end, we see God work in a great way. He brings Josh back to his family and closer to the relationship he once had with Him. But we also see that faith begin to develop in Alessandra, and it is so sweet to see her finally put her trust in Him during the crisis in this story.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was full of all the things that make for a great story.

April 2, 2015

Halo Found Home {Helouise "Halo" Matzelle}

Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room---was there any hope? A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life... and her family waited. 

Six days turned into eight weeks. 

She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn't feel half of her face, couldn't hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn't even tell anyone that she felt hopeless... or could she? 

Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles. Helo's story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her prayer. Helo's story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right there. He doesn't need to be recognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how she found hope.

My Thoughts:
This is such an inspirational story told by Helo about her struggles to get her life back to normal. Throughout the book, she takes us on the journey of the day she found out she had the brain tumor. She describes in detail the days leading up to her surgery, and the mass of emotions that ran through her and her family as they prepared for the unknown.

Once Helo finally recovered from her surgery and resulting complications, her life has never been the same. The faith that she had prior to the surgery grew to enormous heights, and it was apparent in the stories she told of the years following her surgery.

This story is so inspirational and such an example of how God can move if we simply put our lives completely in His hands. What an example Helo is of the love and healing our God can provide.

Helouise "Halo" Matzelle led a charmed life until receiving a shocking diagnosis in 2011 of a rare brain tumor sitting over the main artery in her brain. Matzelle's passion is helping those who face various challenges and afflictions discover where true hope is found. She resides in Redmond, WA, with her husband and their three children.

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