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.

August 26, 2014

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn {Lori Benton}

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn {Lori Benton} | #bookreview #historicalromance #christianromance @TingsMom
In an act of brave defiance, Tamsen Littlejohn escapes the life her harsh stepfather has forced upon her. Forsaking security and an arranged marriage, she enlists frontiersman Jesse Bird to guide her to the Watauga settlement in western North Carolina. But shedding her old life doesn’t come without cost. As the two cross a vast mountain wilderness, Tamsen faces hardships that test the limits of her faith and endurance.  
Convinced that Tamsen has been kidnapped, wealthy suitor Ambrose Kincaid follows after her, in company with her equally determined stepfather. With trouble in pursuit, Tamsen and Jesse find themselves thrust into the conflict of a divided community of Overmountain settlers. The State of Franklin has been declared, but many remain loyal to North Carolina. With one life left behind and chaos on the horizon, Tamsen struggles to adapt to a life for which she was never prepared. But could this challenging frontier life be what her soul has longed for, what God has been leading her toward? As pursuit draws ever nearer, will her faith see her through the greatest danger of all—loving a man who has risked everything for her?

The first chapter of this book started very slowly for me. But once the story turned to Tamsen it really got going and drew me in.

Set in the 1700's, before the original colonies were formed, the land we call the USA was a very different place. It was a world of the wealthy vs the slaves, the white people vs the Indians. And it was a world that was definitely void of all the luxuries we have today.

Tamsen is faced with so much pressure from her stepfather. As unfortunate events unfold, she makes a run for it. She runs into Jesse Bird, and that is where this story really gets good. The two of them travel on horseback through some horrible conditions and into the winter time.

Most of this story finds Tamsen and Jesse on the run. They make friends and form allies along their journey. They also have obstacles to overcome and trials hitting them at every turn.

As this story became intense, I found it very hard to put this book down. The ending was a huge shock to me - so completely unexpected. But... I loved it!! This was a great story and a must read for those that love a great Historical Christian Romance.

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August 19, 2014

An American Girl in Italy {Aubrie Dionne}

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An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants… but the one thing she needs!

Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caff├ęs and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself… Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly Davis that is! For her, the Easthampton Civic Symphony’s latest European tour is one massive inconvenience. She can’t even put her smartphone down long enough to snap a picture of the Coliseum. Only, there’s one Italian attraction that Carly hadn't quite expected to be a part of the tourist route…

Tour guide Michelangelo is as dark and delicious as Carly’s morning espresso. And when she needs a few lessons in the language of love to land her an important gig, he’s a more than capable tutor.

But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?

Many times I begin a new book and I have to make myself read two or three chapters before I really get into the story. That was not the case with this book. Within a few pages I felt a connection with Carly and her "stay in business mode" personality. The other characters also seemed to fit so naturally into the story that I felt like I already knew each of them.

Michelangelo's story tugged at my heart strings immediately. Although he is first introduced as having a certain personality, I got the feeling he was hiding something all along. Once his secret was revealed, I found myself begging Carly to just calm down enough to let him spill his heart.

The last couple chapters of this book kept a smile on my face. I loved the suspense of trying to figure out how it was all going to end and where all the characters would go. When it was wrapped up, everything seemed so perfect and natural.

I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone looking for a contemporary romance read.

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About the Author:
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.

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August 15, 2014

A Bouquet of Love {Janice Thompson}

I received an advanced copy of this book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

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Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her huge Greek family--especially her father--has other ideas. They've all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant location on the Strand--directly across the street from the Rossis' popular pizza place--and they want Cassia's full participation. 

To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston's premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family's faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into Bella's good graces!

Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .

First of all, I am so sad that this series is over. I am such a fan of Bella Neeley and everything/everyone connected to her. I feel like an era is over.

I knew in the first chapter of this book that I was going to love it! The Pappas family moves into town and within the first few pages Babbas (the name the Pappas kids call their father) has declared war on the Rossi family. Who hates the Rossi family??

I was a little disappointed that the previous characters from this series didn't show up as much as they did in other books, but the Rossi family still played a major role in this story. 

I loved Cassia so much and could so related with her desire to be close to her family, but to also branch out and become her own self. She loves her family so much and is truly torn about the decisions she makes.

Alex seems like an amazing guy and I am so happy that he came into Cassia's life and played such a major role. He understands her and her family so much, and of course he is connected to the Rossi family!

The ending of this book/series was perfect. I won't tell you how it ends, but I will tell you we get to see characters from all three of the connected series in the final scene. It was the perfect way to wrap everyone and everything up.

Like I said, I'm going to miss this series so much but I'm looking forward to jumping into anything else that Janice Thompson writes.

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The Toothless Tooth Fairy {Shanelle Hicks}

The author of this book was kind enough to send my kids a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my (and my kids') own.

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For ages 3-9... Bella had it all. The hair, the dress, and the smile. One day, her most important asset was missing...her tooth! Will Bella find the perfect tooth in time for the contest? Will Zelda, the meanest of the fairies, destroy Bella's chances of winning the crown? Take a journey onto Cloud Nine as Bella searches for a new tooth only to discover the tooth...I mean truth...behind her true beauty.

This is such a cute book with two very important lessons for kids - especially girls - today. Bella is the most beautiful tooth fairy of all and she is pretty much guaranteed to win the fairy contest. But, thanks to an evil fairy, Bella loses a tooth.

Bella could do all kinds of mean things back to Zelda, but she chooses to be kind. It pays off. Zelda learns to be kind and becomes beautiful. Bella is still beautiful even with a missing tooth.

This is a great book and I know my daughter will read it over and over and over.

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August 5, 2014

Life Interrupted {Kristen Kehoe}

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I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Rachel Reynolds isn't running from her past, but she wouldn't mind if it stopped chasing her, either. A senior in high school getting ready to graduate, Rachel is trying to look ahead toward her future, while forgetting the one night two years ago that set events in motion which altered the course of her entire life. Part of the future she's looking for includes falling out of love with her best friend, an act she seems incapable of, especially when it appears he might just love her, too. As Rachel tries to find her footing in a relationship that has baggage before it starts, a nightmare from her past reappears, upsetting the tenuous balance of Rachel's life and threatening the one person she loves most.

This book isn't my usual genre, but I enjoyed it just the same. Rachel is a character that you can see yourself being friends with in high school. She has made mistakes, but she takes the responsibility of the consequences and does her best to make the most out of life.

I enjoyed the relationship between Rachel and Tripp. It is so obvious that Tripp cares deeply for both Rachel and her daughter. He stands up for them and is always there for them.

Overall, this was a captivating book. I would not recommend it for the younger YA group, but for the older and more mature ones - grab it up.

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Mom, Wife, Coffee Addict, and Book Lover
I am a writer of YA/NA contemporary novels.  I write about those crazy ages of 18-23 because there is nothing scarier than being told to grow up and decide what to do with your life and who to be so suddenly.  I write about love because it's my belief that love, in one form or another, saves us all at some point in our lives.  I am married to a man who understands and believes in me, and mother to a beautiful baby girl and a neurotic Great Dane Puppy.

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