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,

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Empowered Bible Study and Study Guide by Pam Palagyi

From the Back Cover:

God is on the move!

We live in an hour where God is transforming people, families, and entire nations at an accelerated pace. He is calling out for us to join him in an unprecedented flow of power and anointing. 

Empowered is the second book in the Foundation of Faith series. It is a comprehensive, guide for outreach and personal ministry. The book explains the Biblical foundations that will increase your understanding and strengthen your faith in this area.

Within its pages, you will find practical steps to help in these areas:

  • Hearing the Voice of God Through the Gifts of the Spirit 
  • Leading Others to Salvation
  • Praying for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  • Healing Prayer
  • Deliverance
  • Releasing the Blessing of God
Get ready to move beyond the ordinary and into the extraordinary! God is waiting for you to take part in this historic surge of his power. It's time to activate your faith and be empowered for ministry!

My Thoughts:

I had the privilege to meet author Pam Palagyi at a conference in South Carolina earlier this year. She presented me with her Bible study, Empowered along with a study guide to go along with it. The one thing she stressed to me is that this Bible study and study guide are geared to the new believer. However, I found it quite enlightening for believers no matter what stage they are at in their walk with God. In fact, I wish I had received a Bible study like this when I was a new Christian.

I believe this Bible study and study guide would be a great tool in growing in a closer walk with God. It teaches the Christian how to hear God's voice, lead others to salvation and explains the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and how to receive it. It also explains how we can offer prayers for healing over people in need of healing. 

The size of both the Bible study and study guide are about 4" by 6" and the compact size makes them easy to tuck into your Bible, purse or pocket. I truly believe this is a study that every Christian should grab hold of and embrace as a tool to grow in their walk with the Lord.

I would like to thank the author, Pam Palagyi, for my complimentary copies of the Bible study and study guide. I received my copies with no expectation of giving a positive review.

I am happy to give this Bible study and study guide 5 Stars and I would highly recommend it to every Christian looking for a closer walk with God.


Smiles & Blessings,



ESTABLISHED Seeking God's Plan for Spiritual Growth by Pam Palagyi


From the Back Cover:

Are you living the abundant life?

God created a perfect world.

He planned for us to live a dynamic and fulfilled life within that realm. If your present lifestyle falls short of God's intentions, then it is time to revisit his original design!

In Established: Seeking God's Plan for Spiritual Growth,  author Pam Palagyi reveals the blueprint for successful living. God provided five key components in the Garden of Eden for positive spiritual growth.

Established lays a firm foundation and answers questions like...

Who am I?
How do I relate to God?
Do I have a destiny, a God-directed plan for my life? 
How can I overcome the obstacles I face on a daily basis?
                                                       
Join fellow spiritual travelers as they go back to the Garden of Eden and discover God's original design.

Sometimes we need to go backward in order to find a way forward! 

My Thoughts:

I had the privilege to meet author Pam Palagyi at a conference in South Carolina earlier this year. She presented me with her Bible study, Established along with a study guide to go along with it. The one thing she stressed to me is that this Bible study and study guide are geared to the new believer. However, I found it quite enlightening for believers no matter what stage they are at in their walk with God.

I truly love the size of the books which are about 4" by 6" which makes them easy to tuck into your Bible or maybe a purse of pocket. This makes it easy to keep them handy, especially win soul winning. How great it would be if you lead someone to Christ, offer them a Bible along with this Bible study and study guide. This would be an excellent start to a new believer's walk with God.

I would highly recommend this Bible study and study guide to any believer who wants to grow closer in their walk with the Lord.

I would like to thank Pam Palagyi for my copy of Established and the study guide. I received both complimentary copies with no expectation of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness by Bruce Wilkinson with Mark E. Strong

Back Cover:
God made your heart for love, joy, peace, and wholeness. So why isn't that our normal experience? Why do so many of us feel inner turmoil? Could the problem be unforgiveness? Pastors estimate 90 percent of their congregations struggle with it. Do you? If so, get ready to be set free!
     Through the teachings of Jesus, The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness reveals the link between our suffering and our unforgiveness. But it also shows how to forgive--for real and forever. Our story doesn't have to end with the pain of our wounds. Whatever happened to us happened. But the God who made our hearts has shown a way through the wounds, back to the life and love that we were made for--a path to lasting peace.

Enjoy this video about the book.



My Thoughts:

I truly love it when God surprises me. Have you ever been in need of something but you didn't know what it was, then all of a sudden a "God thing" happens and you find it was just what you needed? Well, that is exactly what happened to me and the "God thing" that happened was an email from Bring It On! Communications asking me if I would be interested in reading and reviewing The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness How to Find Peace By Forgiving Others And Yourself. This book is life-changing, to say the least. 

In reading this book, the authors take you through how unforgiveness torments us until we can truly forgive. They lead you step-by-step in how to forgive others and then how to forgive ourselves. I must admit, for the sake of my review, I just read through the book but I fully intend to go back now and take each step that is outlined to freeing myself of unforgiveness. 

The book is laced with stories of people who found themselves tormented in one way or another and needed to forgive others as well as themselves. We are shown how God wants all His children to forgive everyone for everything no matter what it is. 

This book is a very easy book to read and believe me if you make it all the way through you will find yourself a very changed person feeling free, maybe for the first time in your life. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. In fact, we have purchased several copies for our church members to read, do and pass on.

This is definitely worth 5 Stars!

I would like to thank Kati Viscaino with Bring It On Communications for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book. I received a complimentary copy with no expectation for a positive review.


Smiles & Blessings,