Sunday, November 18, 2018

Next Level Thinking by Joel Osteen


Anyone who has ever read one of Pastor Joel Osteen's books should know that they are in for an inspiring journey with heartfelt stories from his life.

Back Cover Copy:

It starts in you THINKING. 
Nothing will change until you make up your mind that you are not going to accept mediocrity. Why don't you take the limitations off yourself?
You have so much potential. Break out of that box and try something new...
You are not limited by your education, by how you were raised, or by your current situation.
God has destined you to rise higher.
He's destined you to go to the NEXT LEVEL.

My Thoughts:

Next Level Thinking touched my heart in so many ways. I like to flag my books with items that touch me and that I want to remember. Well, I probably have close to fifty flags in this book and to be honest, I didn't start flagging until I was halfway through the book. This book is to help the reader to achieve a successful and abundant life. Below is a list of the ten powerful thoughts that serve as the chapter titles.

  • Be a Barrier Breaker
  • You Are Fully Loaded
  • The Odds Are for You
  • Move Up to the Next Level
  • Recognize Your Value
  • Live with the Boldness of a Son
  • Kow You Are Loved
  • Approve Yourself
  • Get the Contaminants Out
  • Remove the Shame
Pastor Osteen writes in such a way that I feel like I'm sitting across a desk from him and he is talking to me one-on-one. It's phenomenal when an author pulls me into their book as if we were in the same room together. I truly appreciate this as I glean more from books that make me feel this way.

I would like to thank Faith Words for my copy of Next Level Thinking.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.


Smiles & Blessings,

Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills newest novel, Burden of Proof, is another wonderful romantic FBI suspense novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Back Cover Copy:

REELING FROM A NEGOTIATION GONE WRONG, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child's safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl's father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she's dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder.

As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job...or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills. It is a fast-paced, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat roller-coaster ride that will have your heart pounding from the first few words, "Eerie feelings are rarely something to ignore,..."

The characters of FBI Special Agent April Ramos and Jason Snyder are unlikely candidates for a love connection but Ms. Mills has created a heart within Special Agent Ramos that allows her to see beyond what appears to be true to actually see the real truth. Well, done Ms. Mills.

I would highly suggest Burden of Proof to anyone who enjoys reading a good, clean romantic suspense novel. I guarantee you will be held captive from the first page through the last page.

On a 5-Star scale - 5 Stars!!!

I would like to thank the author, DiAnn Mills, for my copy of Buren of Proof. I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,



Hidden Peril by Irene Hannon

Irene Hannon's newest book, Hidden Peril, is the second book in her "Men of Valor" series and oh, what a wonderful sequel it is. The first book in the series is Dangerous Illusions. While Hidden Peril is a sequel, it can definitely be read as a standalone book.

 Back Cover copy:

As teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends took a vow to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she's fulfilling that pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying.

Detective Luke Carter, new to the St. Louis PD, wants to know why. Before he can answer that question, however, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigue--and in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly, scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die...including Kristin?

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoy any book with Irene Hannon's name on it. It doesn't matter whether it's a sweet love story or a romantic suspense novel she does extremely well in both genres. However, I have to admit I enjoy romantic suspense novels more.

Anyone reading my reviews will know that I am a huge fan of characterization and Irene Hannon is truly gifted in this area. I thoroughly enjoyed the "meet cute" (when two characters destined to become a romantic couple, meet for the first time) for Kristen Dane and Detective Luke Carter. Some might think that meeting at a wedding reception is cliche, however, I absolutely loved it. Both characters are strong and well fleshed out. I guarantee you will fall in love with both of them.

Hidden Peril is a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, page-turner that will keep you reading long into the night. I highly suggest this book to anyone who loves romantic suspense.

On a 5-Star Scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Net Galley and Revell Publishing for my e-copy of Hidden Peril.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Christmas with the Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe


From the Back Cover:

Home for the holidays
A second chance at love 
on Big Heart Ranch

Former Navy SEAL Zach Norman has been avoiding his ranching roots--and the woman he couldn't have. Back to visit his brother's widow, Emma Maxwell Norman, and her adorable toddler twins, the bah-humbug cowboy is roped into helping prepare the ranch for the holidays. Working side by side, can Emma and Zach overcome their troubled past...and receive the greatest Christmas gift of all--love?

My Thoughts:

The third book in the Big Heart Ranch series by Tina Radcliffe was an absolute joy to read. While it is the third in the series it reads just fine as a stand-alone and to be honest it is my favorite so far. Of course, that could be because it is set during Christmas, there are adorable twin girls, and then there is six-year-old Dub Harris who appeared in the first book, Claiming Her Cowboy who makes a return visit. I fell in love with him then and almost squealed when he made a brief appearance in this book. In fact, he appears on page 188. Emma is sad and Dub comes in and asks his Aunt Emma if she is okay, when Emma lets him know how she is feeling he goes over to her and puts his arms around her to give her a big hug and Emma says, "Aw, thanks so much sweetie, Dub hugs are the best." With that, he asks her "Do you want me to pray for you?" Oh my, my heart squeezed. It was so precious. Ms. Radcliffe does a great job in creating characters but her kids are so very cute and sweet they can't help but steal your heart.

The main characters, Emma Maxwell Norman and Zach Norman have a past and Zach is the half-brother of her deceased husband. They both have past hurts that they are trying to overcome. I loved watching how they grew closer as the story progressed.

If you love the Love Inspired romantic fiction line of books and you love cowboys, kids and Christmas, I guarantee you will love Christmas with the Cowboy. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good clean read and it is currently on the shelves.

I would like to thank the author for my copy of Christmas with the Cowboy

On a 5-Star Scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author for my copy of Christmas with the CowboyI received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

At Home in Wishing Bridge by Ruth Logan Herne


From the Back Cover:

The right place an mend your heart.

Ruth Logan Herne, the bestselling author of 
Welcome to Wishing Bridge, invites readers back to 
the small town where big dreams come true.

After surviving the streets of South Philly, Thea Anastas never thought she'd wind up working in rural New York. But a call from a friend in need convinced the nurse practitioner to make the trip. Now her temporary position is making a difference in Wishing Bridge--though Thea can't afford to make a difference, to fill a gaping hole in the sweet, small town. After all, the current medical practice is being dissolved in three months, and bigger opportunities are luring her away...

Her partner, Dr. Ethan Brandenburg, has his own struggles: caring for his orphaned niece and nephew and holding firm to his decision to leave Wishing Bridge for a prestigious job in Chicago. Though Thea's no-nonsense advice in the office has been good for business, her compassion in Ethan's personal life has been good for his heart. But how can he offer a commitment to a woman when they're both about to say goodbye?

Wishing Bridge may be surrounded by forests and farms, but Thea is starting to realize that friendships and family form its heart--and that what she wants in life and love may be right in front of her eyes.

My Thoughts:

This book is the second book in Ruth Logan Herne's "Wishing Bridge" series but it can easily be read as a stand-alone book. I can honestly say that while I loved the first book in the series, I loved At Home in Wishing Bridge even more. I think it is because I felt more connected to Thea who worked in the medical field. But I also had a soft spot in my heart for Dr. Ethan Brandenburg because of how he was caring for his niece and nephew. Ms. Herne created such realistic characters that pulled at my heartstrings. Both Thea and Ethan came from difficult backgrounds and had a lot of scars they needed to overcome. But in Ruth Logan Herne fashion they overcame difficulties and rose above their pasts to bring them into a promising future.

If you enjoy reading sweet small-town romance novels, I would highly suggest you pick up a copy of At Home in Wishing Bridge. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

On a 5-Star Scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author for my copy of At Home in Wishing BridgeI received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,


Saturday, September 29, 2018

A Secret to Die For by Lisa HarrisI

What would you do if you found out someone you knew had just been murdered and that the murderer is now chasing you for what they believe your friend left you. That is the basis of Lisa Harris's newest book, A Secret to Die For.

Back Cover:

PSYCHOLOGISt GRACE CALLAHAN HAS NO IDEA THAT SHE HAS A SECRET-- 
AND A TARGET ON HER BACK.

 When one of her clients is murdered, Grace quickly realizes that computer security specialist Stephen Shaw wasn't suffering from paranoia. What she doesn't know is that someone believes Shaw gave her a vital piece of information before he died--and they are ready to silence her at any cost. Her only hope may be an old friend, Detective Nate Quinn, who has just been cleared for active duty after a bombing killed his partner and left him dealing with PTSD.

My Thoughts:

Lisa Harris knows how to create fast-paced romantic thrillers filled with twists, turns, and sweet romance. Her newest novel, A Secret to Die For is action-packed and gives the reader some close to heart-stopping drama that draws the reader in and carries you through to the very last page.

As a big fan of characterization, I am always drawn to books written by Lisa Harris as her characters are so life-like that you feel like you know them or someone just like them. Psychologist, Grace Callahan, is well sculpted and believable and Detective Nate Quinn is that and quite 'hunky'. I enjoyed their interaction together and hated to say goodbye to them in the end.

I truly enjoyed reading this book and found myself sitting on the edge of my seat more than once. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading fast-paced romantic thrillers.

On a 5-Star Scale - 5 Stars!!!

I would like to thank the publisher, Revell Books for my copy of A Secret to Die For. I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson

Back Cover:

Wendy couldn't believe she was standing here discussing toilets with a perfect stranger. Not that he was perfect--although he was rather attractive. But he was obviously enjoying her discomfort a bit too much.

He eased the bulky box from the shelf and onto the floor, leaning it against his leg. "So . . . you're new in town?"

"Not exactly." She watched as he easily picked up the container. Was he trying to be friendly or actually hitting on her?

When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. Her twelve-year-old son Jackson sees it as an exciting new start in a life that has grown rather gray without his father.

Before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. Wendy and Jackson move in--temporarily, she reminds him--in order to fix the place up before Christmas. But the charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on Wendy. She knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea--and a fresh start--is hard to resist.


My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Christmas stories and if they have Melody Carlson's name on the cover I am even more of a fan. I patiently wait every year for Ms. Carlson's Christmas offering and I am never disappointed. Her book for this year is A Christmas by the Sea and it is a sweet love story of a widow and her young son.

I love good characterization and Ms. Carlson has created characters that the reader can truly care for and root for them. Wendy Harper and her son Jackson will warm your hearts and pull you into their story. Now, Caleb Colton is swoon-worthy in my opinion and I found myself hoping things might work out with Wendy and Caleb.

A Christmas by the Sea is a delightful story of love, hope, and memories of days gone by. The scenes presented in the story made me want to pack up and take a trip to a seaside cottage so I could go hunting for shells and cuddle up by the fireplace at night.

I would highly recommend A Christmas by the Sea to anyone who enjoys a feel-good story set during the Christmas season. I guarantee your heart will be touched by the love between this young widow and her young son.

On a 5-Star Scale - 4 1/2 Stars!

I would like to thank the publisher, Revell Books for my copy of this book. I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,