Books reviewed prior on this site prior to March 2019 were provided to me, at no charge, by the publisher, or by the author, in exchange for an honest review. I have received no further compensation for these reviews. Reviews beginning March 2019 come from a variety of sources: advanced copies, library loans, and my own purchases. All reviews are my honest opinions.

July 25, 2014

The Dream Dress {Janice Thompson}

The Dream Dress {Janice Thompson} | #bookreview #weddingsbydesign #christianfiction
A seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique, Gabi Delgado dreams of doing more than ripping out seams and fitting dresses to doe-eyed brides. She wants to see her own dress designs gracing the young women of Texas. When Jordan Spencer, the editor of Texas Bride magazine visits the shop to do a feature, Gabi is devastated to lose her job in his very influential presence. Convinced she'll never get her dreams off the ground now, Gabi needs lots of encouragement--especially from her friend Bella Neeley--to take a chance and start her business. And as she gets to know Jordan, she discovers that she may have to take a chance on love as well. Could it be that she'll have to design her own wedding dress soon?

If you haven't noticed by now, I love Janice Thompson. And I love, love, love the Weddings by Bella and Weddings by Design series. I want to be Bella Neeley's best friend.

We met Gabi Delgado briefly in Picture Perfect as the designer of Hannah's wedding dress. She also made an appearance in Icing on the Cake when Scarlett's bridesmaid dress was too large. In The Dream Dress we get to really know her and become a part of her life.

Gabi sees herself as a real life Cinderella, locked away in a closet doing the hard work while someone else gets all the credit. It's by chance that she catches the eye of the amazing Jordan Spencer, and things really begin to turn around for Gabi.

As Gabi becomes more involved with Scarlett's wedding, she also becomes a part of the circle that is Bella Neeley. One of the things I love so much about Bella is her willingness to tell anyone about the love of Jesus and what he can do for us. So of course Bella gets a hold of Gabi.

It's at that moment in Gabi's life that things really begin to turn around. Just a Cinderella found the perfect life, the perfect life shows up for Gabi as well. I won't tell you exactly how perfect it all becomes, but I can promise you - you will love it!

I'm so excited that I have an ARC of Bouquet of Love, the fourth book in the series, on my tablet. I can't wait to get started.

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July 24, 2014

Second Chance Bride {Book Blast}


Second-Chance-Bride resized After being jilted, practically at the altar, Genie Wainwright heads to Hawaii to escape the well-meant pity party her friends and family are bound to throw on her behalf. What she never expects is to find someone to help her mend her broken heart. Donnie Taylor, owner of the posh Sapphire Bay Resort, has no interest in marriage—until he meets an unforgettable guest at the hotel. What starts out as a kindhearted gesture brings Donnie something he never expects—love!

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July 23, 2014

A Night Night Prayer {Review & Giveaway}

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July 12, 2014

When I Fall in Love {Susan May Warren}

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

When I Fall in Love {Susan May Warren} | #bookreview #tyndale #christiansenfamily
Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.

Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.

With just one read, Susan May Warren has made her way onto my favorite authors list. I loved this book so much.

Grace comes from a large family that loves her. Seeing how much her family cared for her and was backing her on her trip made me love the entire family. The family has so much depth and it was great that throughout the book you get to learn more about each member of the family. I really felt myself becoming attached to each member of the family.

Max is a guy with a deep, dark background. When he was first introduced, I immediately formed my impression of him. But throughout the book he was constantly surprising me at things he did and say. I found myself really liking him, yet being so mad at him at times.

I loved watching Grace and Max get to know each other and watch as their relationship formed. I felt happy with them, and I wanted to cry with them. I felt like I had become friends with both of them, and really didn't want this book to end.

This book is actually number three in a series, but I haven't read the first two books yet. They are definitely on my must-read list now. This is a book you want to read. I promise you will love it.

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Purchase this Book:  Kindle | Christian Books

July 8, 2014

Love Comes Home {Ann Gabhart}

I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

Love Comes Home {Ann Gabhart} | #bookreview #christianromance #bookblog

World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are busy welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline wants a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be--a life with a man who will never come back. And little Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.

Through the heartfelt storytelling of bestselling author Ann Gabhart, readers join these endearing characters as they walk an uncertain road. Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.

This book is centered around the Merritt family and begins just as World World II is ending. Sisters Evie and Kate are awaiting the return of their husbands from the war, while Tori is dealing with the fact that her husband will not be returning.

With the book being titled “Love Comes Home” I figured it was all about the men coming home. So when the men had returned home by chapter three I was a little worried about what else this book might entail. To my delight, the book was actually more about the love that grew in their lives after the men had returned from the war.

Each sister in this family has their struggles and the author did a great job of showing God’s love and God’s plan in each of their lives. You meet some outside characters who are intertwined with this family, and you grow to love them as well.

The dialogue in this book can get a little wordy at times, but that is really the only complaint I have about this story. It didn’t end exactly like I wanted it to, but the ending that we got was so much better than what I had wanted anyway.

Overall, this is a great story that I would recommend to anyone looking for a worthy Christian Romance read.

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July 7, 2014

A Match of Wits {Jen Turano}

I received this complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

A Match of Wits {Jen Turano} | #bookreview #christianromance
After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancee, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes--by hook or by crook--she'll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home.

Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home . . . until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha's determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they'll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics.

Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth--until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?

I really aim to always provide an honest and unbiased review here on this blog. That is what makes reviewing this particular very difficult.

This is the fourth book in the Ladies of Distinction series, and I feel it is absolutely necessary for you to read the first three books before this one.

This book has many, many great reviews on every book site I have been to. And I felt it has potential to be a great book. But...

I didn't read the previous books before reading this one, and I felt completely lost. I didn't know the background of the characters; didn't get all the inside jokes they had. I felt like I walked in on the middle of a conversation and never really understood what was going on.

So just this once, please do not take my word on a book. Go read some other reviews, and then read the entire series from the beginning.

Meet the author: Jen Turano

Purchase this book: Kindle | Christian Books

July 3, 2014

The Icing on the Cake {Janice Thompson}

The Icing on the Cake {Janice Thompson} | #bookreview #WeddingsByDesign #bookblog
Scarlet Lindsey is busy making her dreams come true. She's moved her bakery to a prime spot on Galveston's most popular street, she's planning an extravagant cake for her best friend's wedding, and she has a great relationship with Bella Neeley, the island's most popular wedding coordinator. Business is booming and Scarlet is enjoying the ride.

But when Bella's dangerously handsome brother Armando breezes into her life, Scarlet is faced with a sticky situation. Should she stay with the safe, sweet guy who's been a fixture in her life for years? Or will this brash Italian hunk melt her guarded heart?

Can I just move to Galveston and become friends with all of Janice Thompson's characters? I love Janice's books so much, and The Icing on the Cake is no exception.

Book two in the Weddings by Design series, this book focuses on Scarlet. Scarlet owns the local bakery and is best friends with Hannah (the photographer we fell in love with in book one). Of course Bella, and the entire Rossi clan, is here again and I just love them so much.

We met Armando in previous books, but he really gets to come toward center stage in this book and we get to know much more about him. We learn that he is not the person that we have always thought of him to be.

As always, Janice brings us a great story with another amazing message from God. This time we learn that God loves us just how we are - no matter what. We learn to reach for our goals, and then set them higher.

I can always count on getting lost in a Janice Thompson book and was not disappointed in this one. In fact, I read it in one day!

If you are not familiar with Janice Thompson's series, I do suggest you start at the beginning with the Weddings by Bella series. This is where we met many of the central characters in the Weddings by Design books.

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July 1, 2014

The City: A Novel {Dean Koontz} GIVEAWAY

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz is at the peak of his acclaimed powers with this major new novel.

The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.

Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The City is a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it’s a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

The City releases on July 1, 2014, and to celebrate I've got a big giveaway for you from my friends at Random House. One lucky winner will receive signed copies of The City for their entire book club (maximum 20 copies). Plus, Dean will be giving a shout-out to the winning book club on his Facebook page!

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